Jordan Seeks To Defund Trump Prosecutors

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) recommended defunding the offices of several prosecutors targeting former President Donald Trump. The effort came just days after Jordan sought to have Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D) and his staff testify before Congress.

Jordan wrote in a letter to House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Tom Cole (R-OH) that both the Judiciary Committee and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government were continuing to “conduct vigorous oversight” of the Biden administration. Jordan’s letter sought to increase funding for the U.S.-Mexico border.

However, the main portion of the letter concerned what Jordan called “egregious abuses, misallocation of federal law-enforcement resources and misconduct within the leadership ranks of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)” and wider concerns about law enforcement.

Jordan argued that “rogue prosecutors” were abusing “the rules of professional conduct and their duty to do justice in service of politicized ends.” He called for the Appropriations Committee to “include language to eliminate federal funding for state prosecutors or state attorneys general involved in lawfare and to zero out federal funding for federal prosecutors engaged in such abuse.”

The Judiciary Committee chairman’s letter appeared to target Bragg, as well as special counsel Jack Smith and Fulton County, Georgia District Attorney Fani Willis (D). Smith is leading two prosecutions against Trump while Willis is leading another related to the aftermath of the 2020 election.

Jordan sought to have Bragg speak before Congress following the guilty verdict against Trump reached by a New York jury. Jordan and members of the Trump legal team criticized the role of Matthew Colangelo, who had been a part of the Department of Justice (DOJ) prior to joining Bragg’s office.

Many Republicans argued that Colangelo’s presence in the prosecution of the former president was a sign that it was influenced or orchestrated by the Biden administration.

Jordan has been one of the most outspoken figures on Capitol Hill regarding the prosecution of the former president, both before and after the verdict was announced.