Jim Jordan Wants To Know: What’s Hiding In THESE Documents!

By Lisa Pelgin | Friday, 17 May 2024 04:10 PM
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In a recent development, Representative Jim Jordan, the Ohio Republican who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, has requested New York Attorney General Letitia James to release documents and communications related to Matthew Colangelo, a prosecutor involved in the case against former President Donald Trump.

The case pertains to allegations of hush money payments made to adult film actor Stormy Daniels prior to the 2016 presidential election.

Colangelo, who currently serves under Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, was previously employed by James' office and the Department of Justice (DOJ). The case he is working on involves 34 charges against Trump for allegedly falsifying business records. The charges stem from accusations that Trump made a hush money payment to Daniels to prevent her from publicly discussing her claims of an affair with him. Trump, however, has vehemently denied both the affair and the charges, asserting his innocence and accusing Bragg and other prosecutors of politically motivated targeting.

The trial has been criticized by Trump and his supporters as a form of election interference. Concerns have been raised about Colangelo's previous tenure at the DOJ, where he also worked on cases involving Trump. Republicans have accused prosecutors of unjustly targeting Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, for political reasons. Some conservatives have even suggested that President Joe Biden is orchestrating the prosecution, although no evidence has been presented to substantiate these claims.

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In his letter to James, Jordan expressed concerns about what he perceives as the "weaponization" of the legal system against Trump and other conservatives. He wrote, "The fact that a former senior Biden DOJ official—whose previous employment consisted of leading 'a wave of state litigation against Trump administration policies'—is now leading the prosecution of President Biden's chief political rival only adds to the perception that the Biden DOJ is politicized and weaponized."

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Jordan further argued that Colangelo's employment demonstrates an alleged "obsession with investigating a person rather than prosecuting a crime." He requested all documents and communications since January 1, 2017, between Colangelo and any employee of the Manhattan DA's Office, the Fulton County DA's Office in Georgia (where Trump is facing election interference charges), the DOJ, the Democratic National Committee, or Biden for President referring to or related to Trump, The Trump Organization, and any other entity associated with Trump.

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In addition, Jordan requested all personnel files related to Colangelo's hiring, employment, or termination at the AG's office. He has asked James to deliver all files to him by May 29, 2024, at 5 p.m.

Colangelo, who spent two years in a senior position at the DOJ overseeing various divisions, was hired in December 2022, according to a press release. In the release, Bragg praised Colangelo's experience and integrity, stating, "Matthew Colangelo brings a wealth of economic justice experience combined with complex white-collar investigations, and he has the sound judgment and integrity needed to pursue justice against powerful people and institutions when they abuse their power."

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The press release also noted that Colangelo worked at the New York State Office of the Attorney General, where he investigated the Trump Foundation. As the case continues to unfold, it is clear that the search for common ground and challenging conventional wisdom remains a priority.

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