Manhattan DA’s office again slams House GOP efforts to investigate Trump probe $5k of federal funding was used

(CNN) The Manhattan district attorney’s office is under fire again for efforts by House Republicans to interfere in the investigation of former President Donald Trump, accusing them of colluding with Trump to “discredit and discredit the integrity of elected prosecutors and trial judges.”

DA’s General Counsel Leslie B. Dubec Wrote a letter Friday to three House GOP committee chairmen, citing Trump’s harsh rhetoric aimed at District Attorney Alvin Brock, saying, “As committee chairs, you can use the status of your office to condemn these attacks and urge respect for our justice system and the integrity of the work of an impartial grand jury.”

Dubec continues, “Instead, you and your colleagues have chosen to cooperate with Mr. Trump’s efforts to disparage and discredit the integrity of elected prosecutors and trial judges. They are average, politically motivated citizens who serve New York State.”

Dubec wrote to House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan, House Oversight Chair James Comer and House Administration Chair Brian Steele. Second time Friday, IIn light of the investigation, committee leaders called Manhattan D.A Trump warned that he would soon be arrested.

A spokeswoman for Comer declined to comment. Spokesmen for Steele and Jordan did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

In response to the House GOP’s inquiries into how federal funds were used in the investigation, Tubeck revealed that approximately $5,000 was spent on “expenses related to the investigation of Donald J. Trump or the Trump Organization.” “Federal forfeiture money the office helped collect.” The letter states that no federal grant money was used for expenses in the Trump investigation.

Dubec noted that between October 2019 and August 2021, about $5,000 in federal forfeiture money was spent on expenses related to Trump or the Trump Organization, and most of that money was related to the Supreme Court case. Dubec shared that over the past 15 years, the DA’s office has helped the federal government obtain more than a billion dollars in asset forfeiture funds.

Dubec added details of the three federal grant programs the office has received related to its casework, sharing that “none of the costs related to this matter are paid from funds the office receives through federal grant programs.”

Dubec wrote that the DA’s office is still willing to meet if leaders don’t want to drop their investigation.

“If you do not withdraw your request, we reiterate our willingness to meet with you or your staff to discuss how we can comply with your request without violating our obligations as prosecutors to protect the integrity of the ongoing criminal case.”

Claiming that the committees lacked jurisdiction to oversee their government’s case, discrediting any legitimate purpose of their investigation, Dubec quoted a CNN report saying, “You’re acting more like a criminal defense counsel trying to gather evidence for a client than a legislative committee. To achieve a legitimate legal objective.”

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