Jim Jordan Slapped With Accusations Of Possibly Violating Federal Law For Interference

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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has sued to stop the enforcement of a subpoena for former team member Mark Pomerantz from the House Judiciary Committee, which is led in this Congress by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

Elsewhere, Jordan and fellow leading Republicans in the House have sought other insider details about the criminal investigation Bragg has been conducting into ex-President Donald Trump. What they’ve been after has included communications relating to Trump and involving Pomerantz or Carey Dunne, another formerly top member of the district attorney’s team, and Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), who is a member of the Judiciary panel under Jordan’s control, suggested in new comments online that Jordan could be breaking the law through his attempts to effectively derail the independent criminal investigation into Trump that he’s targeting.

“House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan either has violated, or is getting awfully close to violating, the law by interfering in an ongoing criminal investigation,” Lieu said Tuesday on Twitter. “Also, your regular reminder that the House Judiciary Chair himself ignored a bipartisan congressional subpoena.”

The subpoena Lieu referenced was from the House committee that investigated January 6. Jordan’s potential violations of the law in his conduct towards Bragg could in theory be at either the state or federal level, considering legal rules restricting the disclosure of investigative materials evidently like what Jordan was after and, federally, strict guidelines for the rhetorical places that Congressional investigations can go. There are also federal rules about respecting the sovereignty of individual states — like, of course, New York, which despite GOP efforts to depict it as basically a warzone has recently, at least in Manhattan, seen declines in various categories of violent crime like shootings, as Bragg’s office noted.