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Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg defiant after House GOP demands answers over a possible Trump indictment: 'We will not be intimidated'
By Rebecca Cohen,Oma Seddiq,
Alvin Bragg's office responded to House GOP demands that he testify about his investigation of Trump.
"We will not be intimidated by attempts to undermine the justice process," the office said.
The DA is investigating Trump's role in a hush-money payment made during his 2016 campaign.
The Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's office responded to House Republicans' demands for documents and testimony related to his investigation of former President Donald Trump, now before a grand jury.
"We will not be intimidated by attempts to undermine the justice process, nor will we let baseless accusations deter us from fairly applying the law," a spokesperson for Bragg said in a statement to Insider on Monday.
"In every prosecution, we follow the law without fear or favor to uncover the truth. Our skilled, honest and dedicated lawyers remain hard at work," the spokesperson continued.
The response came after three top Republicans — Reps. Jim Jordan, James Comer, and Bryan Steil — sent a letter to the DA's office earlier Monday , requesting that Bragg, who is a Democrat, turn over information to Congress about his probe of Trump's role in a hush-money payment made to adult film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election.
The lawmakers, who chair the powerful House judiciary, oversight and administration committees, said a possible indictment of Trump by Bragg would be "an unprecedented abuse of prosecutorial authority."
The request came amid reports that Trump may soon face criminal charges in the case. The Manhattan DA's office has been looking into former Trump lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen's allegations that he facilitated a $130,000 payment to Daniels with Trump's approval to keep Daniels silent about an alleged affair she had with Trump in 2006.
Cohen pleaded guilty in 2018 to five felony charges related to the payment, including tax evasion, bank fraud, and campaign finance violations. Trump has denied the affair with Daniels and any wrongdoing related to the payment.
Legal experts say it's unlikely that Bragg would appear before House lawmakers to testify about the investigation, largely because it remains ongoing. The Manhattan grand jury investigating the case was still hearing evidence on Monday.
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