In today’s totally predictable news, the Republican Congress now wants to investigate Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, you know, for doing his job. K-Mac (who is really bad at his job) bravely announced that he would direct relevant committees to investigate if any federal funding is being used to subvert our democracy.
We are wondering if K-Mac knows that DA Bragg is not a federal employee. K-Mac is pretty dumb, but his caucus and his base are dumber. I’m sure they are eating this up with a spoon.
Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie breathlessly reports:
- In the short term, Republicans are discussing firing off letters summoning employees of the Manhattan DA’s office for sworn testimony, according to a GOP official familiar with the plans. The potential request comes amid speculation about why the hush-money case was suddenly resurrected after being back-burnered by both state and federal prosecutors.The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the plans are not final, noted that McCarthy, a longtime Trump ally and close friend, is “fully supportive and pushing folks to be aggressive here.”
- Manhattan DA ALVIN BRAGG himself is in the GOP’s crosshairs, though it’s not clear if he’ll be immediately summoned. “He should come testify before Congress,” Rep. MARJORIE TAYLOR GREENE (R-Ga.) told us and other reporters, launching into a lengthy tirade about “fake charges” meant to be “used in Democrat ads” against Trump.
I have not found the full text, but I did find this: “If the Manhattan DA indicts President Trump, he will ultimately win even bigger than he is already going to win. And those Republicans that stand by and cheer for his persecution or do nothing to stop it will be exposed to the people and will be remembered, scorned, and punished by the base. President Trump did nothing wrong and has always fought for the American people, and we all know it, which is why we love him.” I know I escaped the write as you speak part of a public education, but damn, that word salad is Mooselini-level gibberish.
Greene’s not alone: “This is a [GEORGE] SOROS-backed, crazy, left-wing prosecutor … and he is doing this purely political sham,” Jordan told Playbook. (Note that Bragg told his employees over the weekend that he would “not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York.”)
Jordan didn’t answer questions about whether he’d subpoena Bragg. Even if he does, it’s almost impossible to imagine Bragg or his subordinates answering questions about an ongoing probe or prosecution. While Republicans could threaten to hold him in contempt of Congress, the Justice Department would be unlikely to press charges in a partisan dispute.
And when has that ever stopped a carnival barker from barking? It’s about the show, not the results with these bums.
Regardless, Trump’s future will continue to be a major discussion point as House Republicans huddle today on the biggest policy issues facing the country. As GOP lawmakers prepped for sessions on border security, the ongoing banking scare, public safety and the looming debt ceiling deadline, Trump kept venting on Truth Social, calling on Bragg to “BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE CRIME OF ‘INTERFERENCE IN A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.’”
In a way, it’s a back-to-the-future moment for Republicans who spent years dodging questions about the Trump controversy du jour — and could well be doing so for months or years to come. And yet for many of them, it’s still a bummer. “Yet again, his ego gets in the way and he feels the need to suck the oxygen out of the room,” one senior House GOP aide vented.
And so what do we conclude from all of this? Republicans are going to be asked relentlessly where they stand on Hair Füror’s guilt/innocence, and while in the short run might make the mouth-breathers and orcs happy and keep them donating, those clips will be used in the general election.
This little mis-en-scene says everything, so we will conclude here:
Before the news conference, we spotted Jordan working the phones with an aide in a quiet hallway as other Republicans listened to policy panels or sipped drinks at the lobby bar.
I will be totally surprised if Gym Jordan doesn’t already have the subpoenas ready to go the moment Lord Damp Nut is arrested (if he is arrested).
And I hope the Manhattan Prosecutors office treats those subpoenas with all the gravity and seriousness Gym Jordan did his subpoena to testify to the J6 committee.
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