Republicans Introduce Legislation To Defund Manhattan DA’s Office, Repay Federal Funds

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Two pieces of legislation introduced by Republican Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs call upon the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, led by Alvin Bragg, to be held accountable for failing to address crime in the city and for utilizing federal resources to prosecute former President Donald Trump.

According to The Daily Caller, the bills are titled the “Accountability for Lawless Violence in Our Neighborhoods Act” also known as the “ALVIN Act, ”and the “No Federal Funds for Political Prosecutions Act,” both of which are intended to prevent the use of federal funds for Political Prosecutions. In accordance with the “ALVIN Act,” the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office would be prohibited from receiving federal funds, and would be forced to repay any federal funds provided after January 1, 2022.

In accordance with the “No Federal Funds for Political Prosecutions Act,” state or local law enforcement agencies are forbidden from using funds and property obtained under section 511(e) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 811(e)), title 18, section 981, or title 28, section 524, to investigate or prosecute the President, Vice President, or a candidate for the office of President for a criminal offense while lawlessness pervades major American cities.

The legislation is being proposed in an effort to combat Bragg’s office’s lawsuit against the House Judiciary Committee, where Biggs serves.

“District Attorney Alvin Bragg ran on a campaign pledge to indict President Trump. Bragg took the unprecedented action of converting alleged minor business misdemeanors to 34 individual felonies in an attempt to put President Trump behind bars and humiliate him and his supporters,” The Caller was told by Biggs before the legislation was introduced.

“This weaponized prosecutor’s office has spent thousands of federal taxpayer dollars to subsidize this political indictment and is demanding millions more in federal grants. It’s disturbing to see District Attorney Bragg waste federal resources for political purposes rather than addressing the serious crime in his city. As a member of the House Judiciary and Oversight & Accountability Committees, and with an almost insurmountable national debt that exceeds $ 1 trillion, the nation simply cannot afford to support Mr. Bragg’s politicization of the criminal justice system,” Biggs added.

After Trump was indicted on 34 counts of falsifying business records, Bragg filed a lawsuit Tuesday against House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, requesting a federal court to invalidate any subpoenas that the committee might issue to Bragg or his current or former employees. Trump pleaded not guilty to all 34 charges.

According to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, Bragg’s lawsuit would not delay Republican investigations into his office’s case against Trump.

The Ohio Republican was interviewed on Fox News this week where he slammed Bragg for his “pro-crime, anti-victim policies,” which are being implemented in New York under his leadership. In addition, Jordan chided Bragg for filing a lawsuit against him, accusing him of abusing his power to indict former President Donald Trump for “no crime! ”


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