Manhattan Attorney Bragg, the prosecutor in Trump’s hush money trial, is scheduled to testify before Congress

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and member of the prosecution team for ensured Donald Trump’s conviction for covering up a plot to withhold information from voters on Tuesday, he agreed to testify on the matter before Congress next month.

“Spreading dangerous disinformation, baseless claims and conspiracy theories after the jury returns for a full criminal conviction in People v. Trump undermines the rule of law,” Bragg’s spokesman said in a statement to the Daily News.

“Nonetheless, we respect our government institutions and plan to voluntarily appear before the subcommittee following the verdict.”

Bragg and Assistant District Attorney Matthew Colangelo, who made the prosecutor’s opening statement during the hush money trial, will voluntarily answer questions from the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee on July 12, the day after Trump’s ruling. Both have been the subject of ruthless attacks from the right, accusing them of being part of a Democrat-led conspiracy to prevent the former president from regaining power.

Prosecutor Matt Colangelo and prosecutor Susan Hoffinger appear in criminal court in Manhattan, New York

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Prosecutor Matt Colangelo in Manhattan Criminal Court in New York, March 22, 2023.

A jury found that Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive presidential nominee, guilty of 34 offenses relating to falsifying commercial records on May 30 following a seven-week trial in Manhattan Supreme Court that made him the first U.S. president to be convicted of a crime. Trump announced he will appeal and faces prison time when he returns to court. He is also accused of conspiring to overturn the 2020 election results and collecting and mishandling confidential government documents in three other cases in which he pleaded not guilty.

The charges in Manhattan stem from Trump’s allegations refund to Michael Cohen for paying off porn star Stormy Daniels 11 days before the 2016 election as part of a scheme to hide sordid allegations about his past from the electorate that also included payments to former Playboy model Karen McDougal and a doorman at Trump Tower.

IN the latest effort by many Trump-supporting Republicans to defame the criminal charges against their leading presidential candidate, Ohio. Rep. Jim Jordan asked Bragg and Colangelo to testify before the subcommittee on Arming the Federal Government, which he chairs, the day after Trump was convicted in May.

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Donald Trump speaks at Trump Tower in Manhattan, May 31, 2024. (Barry Williams for the New York Daily News)

Trump’s allies allege that Colangelo and Bragg met at the New York attorney general’s office and that Colangelo’s previous position at the Justice Department is evidence of a White House plot to overthrow him. President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, was convicted on weapons charges in Justice Department case He will turn 25 on Tuesday.

The House Judiciary Committee announced Tuesday that it did There will also be a hearing this Thursday for a review of the district attorney’s “political prosecution of President Trump.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

In a letter to the committee it was first reported by ABC News on TuesdayDeputy Attorney General Carlos Uriarte said the “remarkable steps taken to investigate claims by Trump allies in Congress found no intermediary channel between the Justice Department and prosecutors.

“The conspiracy theory that a recent jury verdict in a New York state court was somehow controlled by the Department is not only false, but also irresponsible, Uriarte wrote.

“Indeed, criminal allegations made without – and in fact against – evidence undermine confidence in the justice system and have contributed to an increase in threats of violence and attacks against professional law enforcement officers and prosecutors.”

Uriarte categorically denied any cooperation between the state district attorney’s office and the federal Justice Department against Trump and said he believed it was clear to those making the charges.

“The Department has no control over the District Attorney, just as the District Attorney has no control over the Department, Uriarte wrote.

“The commission knows this.”