Manhattan DA Bragg ‘Willing’ to Testify—On His Own Terms

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“This Office is committed to voluntary cooperation,” Mr. Bragg’s office wrote in response to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan. Isn’t that just a convenient excuse for Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg? The official response came after a House Republican panel demanded he testify about former President Donald Trump’s recent felony conviction.

Bragg’s general counsel, Leslie Dubeck, tried to weasel out of the hearing by citing “scheduling conflicts” but left the door open for future testimony under specific conditions. Dubeck assured Chairman Jim Jordan that the DA’s office is committed to cooperation, but only when it suits their timeline.

Sure, they’ll cooperate—not on the date the Subcommittee picked. Dubeck’s June 7 letter highlights that the Republicans didn’t clarify the “scope of the proposed testimony” from Bragg, a Democrat. Until Trump’s sentencing on July 11, public hearings are too much of a hassle for Bragg’s team.

The Judiciary Committee wants transparency now, not on Bragg’s terms. Dubeck’s request for more time and a more precise scope of testimony reeks of stalling. She wrote that participating in a public hearing now would hurt their ongoing efforts. So, let’s talk about who’s hurting: the American people who demand accountability.

Let’s be clear: This isn’t just about scheduling. Bragg’s office wants to negotiate the terms and date of his testimony. If Bragg’s so committed to justice, why the foot-dragging? The District Attorney’s Office is buying time, hoping the public will lose interest.

As soon as Trump was convicted on 34 counts of falsifying business records, Jim Jordan’s office demanded Bragg testify. The timing here is no coincidence. The Republican frontrunner for the 2024 election is accused of election interference, and the Democrats seem thrilled about it. Trump has consistently denied the 2006 affair with adult film star Stormy Daniels. Still, Bragg’s office jumped on Michael Cohen’s claims to build their case.

Jordan’s not backing down. He’s even suggested pulling federal funds from any agency targeting a former president, calling it “the weaponization of the federal government.” Despite denials from Bragg’s office and the White House, it’s hard to ignore the political undertones of this prosecution.

And this isn’t Bragg’s first dance with the GOP-led committee. They forced former Trump case prosecutor Mark Pomerantz to testify despite Bragg’s protests. Yet, Pomerantz clammed up, dodging questions to avoid revealing grand jury secrets.

House Oversight Chairman James Comer also attacked Bragg last year, demanding his testimony and blasting his Trump investigation. The pattern here is clear: Republicans push for transparency, and Bragg’s team dodges.

The Trump saga isn’t confined to Manhattan. The former president faces charges in Washington, Florida, and Georgia. In every case, he’s pleaded not guilty. In Georgia, Republicans have been grilling DA Fani Willis over her use of federal funds after she indicted Trump and others for allegedly trying to overturn the 2020 election. The Georgia Court of Appeals paused that circus until March 2025.

Meanwhile, Trump’s case is paused in Washington as the Supreme Court mulls over his appeal against special counsel Jack Smith. Down in Florida, there’s no trial date yet for Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents after leaving the White House.

Let’s cut to the chase. The Democrats are playing a long game, using every legal trick to keep Trump out of the 2024 race. Bragg’s “scheduling conflicts” and Dubeck’s diplomatic letters are just tactics to delay and distract. The GOP is demanding answers and transparency, but the Democratic machine is in full swing, aiming to tarnish Trump and thwart his comeback.

Ultimately, it’s not just about Trump; it’s about the integrity of our legal system and the political games that threaten to undermine it.