Rep. Jim Jordan gets Alvin Bragg wrong on ‘federal funds’

Speaker Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, left, speaks during a House Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill, February 9, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

After being sued in federal court, Rep. Jim Jordan tried to justify his interference in a local criminal investigation as a matter of responsible accounting.

Jordan claimed that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg admitted to using “federal funds” to indict former President Donald Trump.

The only problem is that Bragg actually said the opposite, twice.

A New York grand jury has indicted Donald Trump on 34 counts of falsifying business records, alleging the former president repeatedly lied in order to conceal silent payments to Stormy Daniels and their reimbursements.

It will be up to a jury to decide whether Trump committed these crimes — or up to a judge, if the former president prevails in his effort to dismiss the indictment before trial.

On the second part of Jordan’s tweet, the Ohio Republican begins to stray from the facts when he suggests “they say they used” the federal money. It was Alvin Bragg’s office that indicted Trump, and his office has repeatedly insisted that they did not use federal money.

“No expenses incurred in connection with this matter were paid from funds the Bureau receives through federal grant programs,” Bragg General Counsel Leslie B. Dubeck wrote in a letter dated 31 March 2023.

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