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Jim Jordan accuses New York hush-money prosecutor of Trump ‘obsession’

Chairman of the Judiciary Committee of the House of Representatives Jim Jordan demands documents from the New York Attorney General regarding the appointment of a lead prosecutor Donald Trump‘s hush money lawsuit.

Jordan, R-Ohio, accused Matthew Colangelo, a former senior official in Attorney General Letitia James’ office, of assisting what he called the “politicized prosecution” of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg while Trump is on trial in New York.

In a letter sent to James on Wednesday, Jordan said Colangelo has been fixated on prosecuting Trump for years since his time as chief counsel at the attorney general’s office, where he oversaw its lawsuits against the Trump administration, a lawsuit that led to the dissolution of the Trump Foundation and a civil fraud case that resulted in a $454 million judgment against Trump and his companies.

Colangelo, an assistant district attorney who delivered opening statements in Trump’s trial in New York last month, is a former top Justice Department official in Washington who served as acting deputy attorney general and then as deputy assistant attorney general. general under President Joe Biden.

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It is unusual for a House committee to make demands on a local prosecutor in the middle of a trial. Previous attempts by Jordan to obtain information from Bragg’s office were met with criticism that he does not respect local government’s role in federalism.

But Trump has grumbled lately that his allies in Washington are not doing enough to defend him, recently prompting a parade of supporters to his Manhattan courtroom to show support.

Jordan has also stepped up his demands from prosecutors charging Trump.

In his recent letter, Jordan claimed the dossier “demonstrates his obsession with investigating an individual rather than prosecuting a crime.”

“The fact that a former senior Biden Justice Department official — whose previous job included leading ‘a wave of lawsuits against Trump administration policies’ — is now leading the prosecution of the country’s top political rival from President Biden, only adds to the perception that the Biden Justice Department has been politicized and weaponized,” Jordan said.

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Bragg, a Democrat, announced in late 2022 that Colangelo would join his office as part of the team investigating Trump in the hush money case.

Trump has lashed out directly at Colangelo, charging this year that the cases against him are “all Biden-run cases, meaning Biden and his thugs, because I don’t know if he knows he’s alive. And it is a shame what is happening to our country.”

Trump and his allies have said federal prosecutors are waging a campaign against him to hinder his political prospects.

Trump is charged with 34 counts of falsifying company records related to payments made by Cohen. He has denied being guilty of all charges.

Early in the trial, Trump grumbled privately that he was not seeing the public defense he expected from his closest allies as he sat for hours each day in a frigid Manhattan courtroom, gagged by a judge’s order preventing him from testifying to attack and others in the case.

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“No one is defending me,” Trump said at the time.

Trump’s allies are increasingly launching attacks that he cannot launch himself.

Bragg has denied Trump’s accusations that the charges are politically motivated.

Jordan’s letter also seeks communications between Colangelo and the New York and Fulton County, Georgia, district attorney’s offices, the Justice Department, the Democratic National Committee and the Biden for President campaign.

It also asks “[a]All personnel records relating to the hiring, employment, and termination of Mr. Colangelo from the New York Attorney General’s Office.”

Trump has been indicted in Fulton County and by Special Counsel Jack Smith’s office at the Justice Department on charges related to his efforts to remain in office after the 2020 presidential election. Trump has pleaded not guilty in those cases.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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