Top Democrat Claims “Obstruction” In Donald Trump Case 

( The fight between Republicans and Democrats over the investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office over former President Donald Trump’s alleged role in hush money payments to Stormy Daniels keeps ramping up.  

On Tuesday, Democratic Representative Daniel Goldman of New York said that House Republicans are attempting to obstruct the investigation being led by Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg by requesting that he testify in front of Congress regarding whether he plans to indict Trump or not. 

Goldman appeared on the “CNN Primetime” show earlier this week, meeting with anchor John Berman. Berman asked him: 

“Many of your Republican colleagues … are disparaging District Attorney Alvin Bragg and the probe, downplaying the investigation before it’s concluded. What do you say to their argument an indictment would be partisan and politically motivated?” 

Goldman responded: 

“It’s very clear they’re doing the bidding of Donald Trump and trying to undermine this investigation even to the point of potentially obstructing it.” 

Asked to expound on what he meant by obstruction, Goldman responded: 

“Well, when you look at the threats, when you look at the accusations and when you look at the inflammatory language in that letter in particular, it is very clear that they are trying to influence, put it that way, Alvin Bragg in some way. Influencing a prosecutorial decision or witness testimony or otherwise can be obstruction of justice. 

“I’m not saying that they have committed a crime here, but I think what is very clear is that they are trying to interfere and influence this investigation without knowing the facts and without knowing the evidence. Essentially, they’re trying to put Donald Trump above the law.” 

Bragg himself would agree with those statements. On Thursday, he said that the demands by three chairs of House committees to receive sensitive details of his investigation were “unlawful.” 

Leslie Dubeck, who serves as the general counsel to Bragg, wrote a letter to House Republican chairs Jim Jordan (Judiciary), James Comer (Oversight) and Bryan Steil (Administration) to respond to the requests they sent Bragg to interview him as well as obtain a large amount of documents about the investigation. 

She wrote that the GOP probe is “an unprecedented inquiry into a pending local prosecution.” 

The letter, which Politico obtained a copy of, read: 

“The Letter only came after Donald Trump created a false expectation that he would be arrested the next day, and his lawyers reportedly urged you to intervene. Neither fact is a legitimate basis for congressional inquiry.” 

Dubeck said that the DA’s office would be following the long-standing policy of the Department of Justice to not provide Congress any details of criminal investigations that were ongoing. She did write, though, that they would “meet and confer” with aides for the lawmakers to determine whether they could share any information. 

As she wrote: 

“The District Attorney is obliged by the federal and state constitutions to protect the independence of state law enforcement functions from federal interference. The DA’s Office therefore requests an opportunity to meet and confer with committee staff to better understand what information the DA’s Office can provide that relates to a legitimate legislative interest and can be shared consistent with the District Attorney’s constitutional obligations.”