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Jim Jordan to Hold Committee Hearing During NYC Field Trip to Attack Alvin Bragg for Prosecuting Trump



House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan will take his Members on a field trip to New York City to hold a hearing on what he claims is “an increase in violent crime,” which he blames on Alvin Bragg, the Manhattan District Attorney who is prosecuting Donald Trump for 34 criminal felony violations.

Jordan, who also heads the Republicans’ specially-constituted Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government, has been using his special authority as head of one of the three most-powerful committees to target District Attorney Bragg in what some legal experts, and Bragg’s Office, say are illegal attempts to interfere with an ongoing criminal investigation.

The House Judiciary Committee has no oversight authority over a duty-elected state or county official.

In a press release, Jordan’s Judiciary Committee says his “hearing, ‘Victims of Violent Crime in Manhattan,’ will examine how Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s pro-crime, anti-victim policies have led to an increase in violent crime and a dangerous community for New York City residents.

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The hearing is slated for Monday, April 17, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. ET at the Javits Federal Building in lower Manhattan.

Far-right House Republican Andy Biggs of Arizona, who sits on Jordan’s Judiciary Committee, admitted the reason for the hearing was in retaliation for Bragg’s prosecution of Trump. He also appeared to admit to animus after the hearing was announced, declaring on Twitter, “If Bragg can spend resources indicting President Trump, he should be able to address the soaring crime in NYC.”

But is crime actually “soaring” in New York City? These recent headlines suggest otherwise.

“NYC crime stats: Major felonies down, but youth violence on the rise” (Fox5 NY)

“NYC sees 5.6% overall crime drop in February” (Spectrum News/NY1)

“NYPD: Violent crime down in first 3 months of 2023” (CBS News New York)

Popular Information just weeks ago, even before these headlines were published, reported, “Trump allies misrepresent crime in NYC.”

“So far this year, the total number of murders in the city is 66 – a 19% decrease compared to the same time last year. This number is also 83% lower than 30 years ago,” Popular Information noted in just one of many examples.. “Similarly, the number of shooting incidents is down by 21% in 2023 compared to the same time last year. Incidents of felony assault and grand larceny auto are up this year compared to this time in 2022, but counts of rape, robbery, burglary, and grand larceny have gone down.”

READ MORE: Jim Jordan ‘Invites’ Bragg’s Top Lawyer to Testify Despite Being Warned He Has No Authority to Investigate DA’s Office

Jordan’s “Weaponization” committee has been mocked and criticized. The premise for the need for the special committee comes out of years of false conservative claims that Democrats have “weaponized” federal agencies like the Dept. of Justice, which until recently was under the thumb of Donald Trump’s Attorney General Bill Barr, who some critics and legal experts have labeled “lawless.”

But even Barr, who spent much of his tenure as Attorney General protecting Trump, “said Sunday that investigators probing the potential mishandling of classified documents by former President Trump likely have “very good evidence” that Trump attempted to keep authorities from obtaining the materials after he left the White House,” The Hill reported.

Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner last week said Chairman Jordan’s attacks on DA Bragg have already violated New York law, and the U.S. Constitution. Kirschner says Jordan should be “locked up.”

Meanwhile, Democrats and critics are blasting Jordan over this latest move.

U.S. Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-NY) calls it “an attempt to intimidate the Manhattan DA and interfere with the criminal prosecution of Donald Trump.” He asks: “How is this remotely ethical?”

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‘Bad News’ for Sidney Powell as First Trump Co-Defendant in Georgia RICO Case Takes Plea Deal: Legal Expert



The first of 19 co-defendants in Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ RICO and election interference case against Donald Trump has pleaded guilty in what is being described as a “plea deal.”

“Under the terms of an agreement with Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s office, Hall pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to commit election fraud, conspiracy to commit computer theft, conspiracy to commit computer trespass, conspiracy to commit computer invasion of privacy, and conspiracy to defraud the state,” NBC News reports. “Under the terms of the deal, he’s being sentenced to five years probation.”

CNN previously reported “Hall, a bail bondsman and pro-Trump poll-watcher in Atlanta, spent hours inside a restricted area of the Coffee County elections office when voting systems were breached in January 2021. The breach was connected to efforts by pro-Trump conspiracy theorists to find voter fraud. Hall was captured on surveillance video at the office, on the day of the breach. He testified before the grand jury in Fulton County case and acknowledged that he gained access to a voting machine.”

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Former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, a professor of law and frequent MSNBC contributor, says Hall “was in the thick of things with Sidney Powell on Jan 7 for the Coffee County scheme involving voting machines. If he’s cooperating, it’s a bad sign for her.”

Hall’s plea deal “spells bad news for, among others, Sidney Powell,” says former Dept. of Defense Special Counsel Ryan Goodman, an NYU Law professor of law. Goodman posted a graphic showing the overlap in charges against Hall and Powell, which he called “alleged joint actions.”

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Far-Right Republicans Kill GOP Bill to Keep Government Running in ‘Embarrassing Failure’ for McCarthy: Report



With a shutdown less than 36 hours away, far-right Republicans in the House of Representatives Friday afternoon voted against their party’s own legislation to kept the federal government running. Democrats opposed the content of the bill and voted against it. Just 21 far-right members of the GOP conference were able to effectively force what appears to be an all but inevitable shutdown at midnight on Saturday.

“HARDLINE HOUSE RS take down stopgap funding bill. 21 GOP no votes. 232-198,” reported Punchbowl News’ Jake Sherman just before 2 PM Friday.

NBC News reported that a “band of conservative rebels on Friday revolted and blocked House Republicans’ short-term funding bill to keep the government open, delivering a political blow to Speaker Kevin McCarthy and likely cementing the chances of a painful government shutdown that is less than 48 hours away.”

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“Twenty-one rebels, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., a conservative bomb-thrower and a top Donald Trump ally, voted Friday afternoon to scuttle the 30-day funding bill, known as a continuing resolution or CR, leaving Republicans without a game plan to avert a shutdown. The vote failed,” NBC added. “The embarrassing failure of the GOP measure once again highlights the dilemma for McCarthy as his hard-liners strongly oppose a short-term bill even if it includes conservative priorities. It leaves Congress on a path to a shutdown, with no apparent offramp to avoiding it — or to quickly reopen the government.”

A bipartisan group of at least 75 U.S. Senators has passed two bills this week that would keep the government running. Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy has refused to allow it to come to the floor for a vote.




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‘Wannabe Dictator’: Milley Appears to Slam Trump After Ex-President Suggested He Should Be Executed



General Mark Milley, the outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the top military advisor to the President, during his retirement speech Friday appeared to deliver strong criticism of former President Donald Trump, who appointed him to that post but since has waged war against him.

One week ago the ex-president had said that “in times gone by” General Milley would have been executed for treason. Trump in 2021 had called for General Milley to be “tried for treason.”

“Trump’s rhetoric is dangerous, not just because it is the exact sort that incites violence against public officials,” professor of global politics and political scientist Brian Klass wrote at The Atlantic after Trump’s most recent attack on the Chairman, “but also because it shows just how numb the country has grown toward threats more typical of broken, authoritarian regimes.”

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Trump had written, “if the Fake News reporting is correct,” General Milley “was actually dealing with China to give them a heads up on the thinking of the President of the United States. This is an act so egregious that, in times gone by, the punishment would have been DEATH! A war between China and the United States could have been the result of this treasonous act.”

Milley was acting within his duties in a White House approved conversation, according to Klass.

On Friday, Milley appeared to blast Trump.

“We don’t take an oath to a tribe. We don’t take an oath to a religion. We don’t take an oath to a king, or queen, or a tyrant, or dictator. We don’t take an oath to a wannabe dictator,” Milley declared. “We don’t take an oath to an individual. We take an oath to the Constitution, and we take an oath to the idea that is America, and we’re willing to die to protect it.”

“Every soldier, sailor, airman, Marine, Guardian and Coast Guardsmen, each of us, emits our very life to protect and defend that document, regardless of personal price to a country.”

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Vanity Fair on Thursday reported General Milley “said he has taken security precautions to protect himself and his family after Donald Trump all but called for his execution last week.”

Watch Milley’s remarks below or at this link.


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