WASHINGTON — Manhattan District Attorney’s Office criticized Republicans after the House Judiciary Committee announced Monday it would hold a field hearing on crime in the city, intended to further Republican arguments that former President Donald Trump is being prosecuted while crimes violent no.
«Don’t be fooled, the House Republican Party is coming to America’s safest big city for a political stunt,» Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s spokesman said in a statement. «This audience will not get involved in real efforts to increase public safety, such as supporting national gun legislation and shutting down the iron pipeline.»
The statement also directly called out Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, saying there was a lower murder rate in New York City than Columbus, Ohio, which is just south Jordan’s congressional district. The source of the data was not mentioned.
«If President Jordan really cared about public safety, he could take a short trip to Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Akron, or Toledo in his home state, instead of using taxpayer dollars to travel hundreds of miles abroad. out of his way.» he continued the statement.
The GOP-led committee hearing will take place in New York City next week. The Republicans said they will examine how Bragg’s «pro-crime, anti-victim policies have led to an increase in violent crime and a dangerous community for New York City residents.»
It is the latest in a series of Republican criticisms of Bragg’s conduct after his investigation led to the impeachment and prosecution of former President Donald Trump.
Bragg has previously tangled with his Republican critics, last week accusing House Republicans to try to «undermine» his office’s case through an «unprecedented campaign of harassment and intimidation.»
Trump pleaded not guilty last week to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records related to alleged hush money payments.