Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee said Monday that an official committee hearing on “victims of violent crime in Manhattan” will be held next week in New York City, which infuriated New York Dems.
The hearing notice particularly identified Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, whose inquiry into former President Donald Trump resulted in the former president’s historic indictment at the end of last month.
The hearing “will look into how Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg’s pro-crime, anti-victim policies have resulted in a spike in violent crime creating an extremely dangerous community for residents of New York City,” according to the notice.
The hearing, according to a Bragg spokeswoman, is a “political stunt” that won’t “engage in genuine efforts to improve public safety, like backing national gun control laws and closing down the iron pipeline.”
The representative also stated that since Bragg assumed office, various kinds of violent crime in Manhattan had decreased.
While south Manhattan has experienced three killings this year in comparison to 10 at this time last year, north Manhattan has experienced a total of 17 murders this year compared to 12 last year.
Despite slight gains over the previous year in some neighborhoods, New York City in its entirety continues to have terrible rates of violent crime.
The hearing is scheduled to take place amid the background of Republicans largely accusing Bragg of seeking charges against Trump for political instead of legitimate reasons while being “soft on crime” in various other areas.
Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY), who oversees a chunk of Manhattan, posted Bragg’s remark along with his own censure of committee chairman Representative Jim Jordan. (R-OH).
“New Yorkers do not need to listen to Jim Jordan’s ‘tough on crime’ approach of defunding the DOJ and the FBI,” Nadler stated.
The hearing will be held just down the street from Nadler in the Javits Federal Building in Representative Dan Goldman’s (D-NY) district of Manhattan. Despite the fact that Goldman is not one of the members of the Judiciary Committee, he nonetheless opposed Jordan’s decision, according to a statement from Goldman published on social media by his spokeswoman.
Goldman stated that Jordan is “unwelcome” in his area and alleged, without providing proof, that Jordan planned the hearing “at the request of Donald Trump.”
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