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Manhattan DA and House Republicans resolve dispute over Trump investigation

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg agreed Friday to allow a former prosecutor from his office to testify at a House GOP investigation into the DA’s case against former President Donald Trump.

Bragg and House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, filed a joint motion Friday that would clear the way for Mark Pomeranz to vote next month.

Spokesperson of the House panel A Report A vote was scheduled for May 12 after Prague’s office withdrew its appeal.

Bragg tried to block elements of the House Judiciary Committee’s investigation last week. Bragg alleges in his lawsuit that the GOP-led panel and Jordan are trying to interfere with his impeachment of Trump.

After a district court ruled Wednesday that Pomerantz must testify before the Judiciary Committee pursuant to a subpoena from the group, Bragg appealed, temporarily blocking the lower court’s ruling.

A spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney’s office said Friday that its effort to temporarily block the subpoena “gave us the time we needed to coordinate with the House Judiciary Committee on an agreement that protects the district attorney’s privileges and interests.”

“We are pleased with this resolution, which ensures that any questions from our former employee will be heard in the presence of our general counsel in a reasonable, agreed-upon timeframe,” the spokesperson added.

Jordan’s spokesperson responded to NBC News: “He would have gotten a lawyer anyway. Total spin zone.”

Bragg’s office is suing him over his role in payments to Trump at the end of the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump pleaded not guilty this month to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records.

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Jordan said this month that Pomerantz’s previous role with the DA’s office, leading an investigation into Trump’s finances, “was uniquely positioned to provide relevant and necessary information” to his team’s investigation into Bragg’s prosecution of Trump. Jordan argued that Pomerantz had previously shared information about the matter in a book and in media interviews.

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