Rep. Jim Jordan, a Republican congressman from Ohio and a close ally of former President Donald Trump, has issued a subpoena for former New York County special assistant district attorney Mark Pomerantz to appear before the House Judiciary Committee for a deposition.
Jordan accuses Pomerantz of being biased in his work as a special assistant district attorney, and has been in an ongoing standoff with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg over demands for materials related to his investigation into Trump’s alleged hush-money payments to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. Pomerantz resigned from the team investigating Trump in February 2022, criticizing Bragg for not prosecuting Trump on the evidence that was already available. The move comes two days after Trump was charged with 34 felony counts of falsifying business records by the Manhattan district attorney.
Jim Jordan Subpoenas Former Prosecutor in Manhattan District Attorney’s Office
Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, a vocal supporter of former President Donald Trump, has issued a subpoena for former New York County special assistant district attorney Mark Pomerantz to appear before the House Judiciary Committee for a deposition. Jordan’s move comes in response to Pomerantz’s public statements about his eagerness to investigate Trump, which suggest that the Manhattan district attorney’s prosecution of the former president is politically motivated.
Jordan, who was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Trump for his efforts to “unmask the Russia hoax and take on Deep State corruption,” accuses Pomerantz of being biased in his work and resigning from the team investigating Trump because the investigation was not proceeding fast enough for his liking.
Jordan has been in an ongoing standoff with Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, demanding materials related to the investigation into Trump’s alleged hush-money payments to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels. Bragg’s office has accused Jordan and other GOP lawmakers of “unlawful political interference” with a criminal investigation.
The House GOP’s Support for Trump
The House GOP, now in the majority, has rallied to aid Trump since his recent arraignment on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records related to the payments made to Daniels before the 2016 presidential election. Trump pleaded not guilty. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has made it clear that the GOP will go after Bragg, whom they accuse of weaponizing the federal justice process.
Push-back from Democrats
Jordan’s demands have drawn criticism from Democrats, who have pointed out that he ignored a subpoena from the politically motivated and highly partisan House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The Jan. 6 committee later voted to refer Jordan and other GOP lawmakers who had also defied its subpoenas to the House Ethics Committee.