The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing in New York City next week where they are planning on focusing on crime. This is the latest attempt by the House GOP to home in on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg (D) and his investigation following the decision of a grand jury to indict former President Donald Trump.
The field hearing, titled “Victims of Violent Crime in Manhattan,” is set to take place on April 17 at 9 a.m. at the Javits Federal Building in Manhattan. The witnesses have not yet been announced. Regarding the hearing the panel has disclosed that they are going to be looking into how “Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s pro-crime, anti-victim policies” have led to violent crime rates increasing causing New York City residents to live in a “dangerous community.”
A spokesperson for the Manhattan District Attorney’s office stated that the House GOP’s scheduled hearing was a “political stunt” and that it would not actually be focused on public safety or “supporting national gun legislation and shutting down the iron pipeline.” They continued to state that the DA’s office is focused on “public safety conversations” and that they engage in them daily “with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners.”
The announcement about the hearing came less than a week after Trump was indicted in connection to the probe relating to the hush money payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 presidential election. Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records relating to the case.