GOP Threatens to Defund Manhattan DA Over Trump Indictment

In an unexpected turn, Republicans are now threatening to defund the prosecutor as part of their defense of former President Donald Trump. This is surprising given that for years, Trump and his fellow GOP members have criticized progressive Democrats for supporting the “defund the police” movement, which aims to redirect funds from traditional law enforcement to community services focused on reducing crime.

The Republicans had used the progressives’ slogan to their advantage against the Democrats, and it proved to be a potent weapon during the 2020 campaign. So much so that Joe Biden felt the need to call for increased federal spending for the police.

As former President Donald Trump faces potential indictment over accusations of illegally paying hush money to adult film star Stormy Daniels during his 2016 presidential campaign, House Republicans are now using the threat of cutting federal funding for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office. Additionally, the GOP aims to diminish the power of prosecutors who received backing from liberal billionaire George Soros.

“Your decision to pursue such a politically motivated prosecution—while adopting progressive criminal justice policies that allow career ‘criminals [to] run[ ] the streets’ of Manhattan — requires congressional scrutiny about how public safety funds appropriated by Congress are implemented by local law-enforcement agencies,” Reps. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, James Comer, R-Ky., and Bryan Steil, R-Wis., wrote to Bragg on Monday.

The Judiciary, Oversight, and Administration committees, led by their respective chairs, have extended an invitation to Alvin Bragg to testify before them. They have demanded that Bragg provide them with “all communications” between his office and other local and federal law enforcement agencies, as well as any communications regarding the use of federal funds.

In response to Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s recent tweet promising to investigate whether federal funds are being utilized to undermine democracy by interfering in politically motivated prosecutions, the chairs of the Judiciary, Oversight, and Administration committees have sent a letter to Alvin Bragg requesting that he appear before them and provide all relevant communications.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump is seen as the leading candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Although the Justice Department provides funding to state and local prosecutor offices through several grant programs aimed at combatting violent crimes, hate crimes, and sexual assaults, these funds constitute only a small portion of the Manhattan district attorney’s budget.

Michael Steele, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee who has become a vocal critic of the GOP, stated that if the Democrats attempted to investigate federal funding for a local prosecutor based on an ongoing case, Republican lawmakers would express their outrage.

“Now you’ve got Republicans talking about ‘We want to take your money from you,'” he said. “If any Democrat behaved this way, these very same people would be losing their s—. It’s that simple.”In an interview on Fox News on Monday, Jordan sidestepped a question about what Congress would do with regard to federal funding for the prosecutor’s office.

“That’s a concern for us,” he said, pivoting to his interest in obtaining records of any of Bragg’s communications with other law enforcement agencies.

In the wake of Donald Trump’s unfounded announcement on Saturday that he would likely be indicted on Tuesday, he and other Republicans have taken aim at the support provided by Soros-backed entities to progressive candidates running for elected prosecutor positions.

In his first public statement since Trump suggested that he would be indicted this week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is Trump’s main rival for the GOP presidential nomination, stated that he has no desire to be part of a “manufactured circus” created by a Soros-backed DA. Trump and his supporters were displeased on Monday with DeSantis’ defense of the former president, which they deemed to be insufficient. However, DeSantis’ echoing of Trump’s accusations against Soros and Bragg briefly and strangely united the two leading Republican presidential candidates against a common adversary.

4 thoughts on “GOP Threatens to Defund Manhattan DA Over Trump Indictment

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  1. This is different… NAZIS/Hitlerites have to be defunded/voted out… that includes Hitlerite Jokementia Bribery…
    WHY is a “Manhattan DA” getting federal funding? Too much addictions-fueled-crime in NYCity for them to be able to fund their own employees?

  2. What do you expect New York is Banana Republic , arrest the law Abiding people and let criminal in and out committing crimes. Bronx zoo

  3. I think the sane part of America is sick and tired of George Soros, plus his sons, and his meddling in government affairs and OUR nation. I believe it high time to strip him of his US citizenship, show him the way out of this nation, confiscate his holdings in this nation, and return him to either Hungary where he was born or Russia where he is a wanted man.

  4. get george soros now he enemy of jews since he stold from jews and went after jewish people ? evil ???

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