Manhattan DA and Trump prosecutor set to appear before Congress on July 12, AP source says

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg will testify before Congress on July 12, a day later that of former President Donald Trump condemnation in his hush money trialsaid a person familiar with the matter.

Bragg will appear before the House Select Committee on Armaments alongside Matthew Colangelo, the former senior Justice Department official who was hired by Bragg in 2022 to lead the Trump investigation. The date was confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the negotiations who was granted anonymity to reveal a date that had not yet been made public.

Bragg and Colangelo will face what is likely to be a hostile, Republican-controlled hearing in which the chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, has accused both men of pursuing a “political prosecution” in the case against the former president.

Trump was convicted last month of falsifying records to cover up hush money paid to a porn actor during the 2016 presidential campaign. will be sentenced on July 11. Before then, prosecutors will make recommendations to a judge about what kind of punishment Trump deserves.

Bragg, a Democrat, sued Jordan last year in an effort to halt a House Judiciary Committee investigation into Trump’s indictment. He later agreed to let the Republican-led committee question ex-prosecutor Mark Pomerantz, who once oversaw the investigation but left the job after clashing with Bragg over the direction of the case.

Shortly after Trump’s arraignment in April 2023, Jordan took the Judiciary Committee on the road for a field hearing near Bragg’s offices to investigate what he labeled the Democrat’s “pro-crime, anti-victim” policies . Democrats said the hearing was a partisan stunt designed to increase conservative anger at Bragg.

Bragg, a former civil rights attorney and law professor, is in his first term as Manhattan district attorney. He inherited the Trump investigation when he took office in 2021. He oversaw the prosecution of Trump’s company in an unrelated tax fraud case before moving to indict Trump last year.

He and Colangelo previously worked together on Trump-related cases at the New York attorney general’s office. During the trial, Colangelo made the opening statement and interviewed several witnesses, including former White House communications director Hope Hicks.