After House Republicans announced their plans to travel to New York City to hold a hearing on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s “pro-crime” policies, the Democrat DA falsely claimed that NYC was the “safest big city in America” and their trip was just “a political stunt.”
HOUSE GOP VS BRAGG: The House Judiciary Committee will visit NYC next week to hear from victims of Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg's weak-on-crime policies. TONIGHT on "Hannity," Rep. @Jim_Jordan will give us an inside look at the investigation.
— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) April 11, 2023
When news broke that Bragg was investigating former President Donald Trump — who has since been indicted by a New York grand jury in the case and arraigned — critics began blasting the Democrat district attorney for focusing on a ridiculous attempt to “get Trump” while New York City residents are experiencing the effects of rising crime. Bragg has been proven to be extremely “soft on crime,” but for some reason he has been out to get Trump — even campaigning on arresting the former president.
Thus, critics have deemed Bragg’s prosecution of Trump a “political stunt” — which makes it especially ironic that the Democrat district attorney is trying to smear House Republicans’ efforts to investigate his failed policies as a “political stunt.”
The Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg has weaponized his office to launch a blatantly political indictment.
This case rests on a far-fetched legal theory untested anywhere in the U.S. The American people deserve better than this cheap, political stunt. @foxandfriends pic.twitter.com/wygnKf4cEk
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) March 31, 2023
The Republicans’ “Victims of Violent Crime in Manhattan” hearing will be looking into Bragg’s policies, including no bail or reduced bail for dangerous criminals and his refusal to prosecute numerous crimes — including prostitution and resisting arrest.
“If Bragg can spend resources indicting President Trump, he should be able to address the soaring crime in NYC,” said House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ).
A spokeswoman for Bragg’s office released a statement attacking the House Republicans.
“Don’t be fooled,” Bragg’s spokeswoman said in the statement. “The House G.O.P. is coming to the safest big city in America for a political stunt.”
These comments are blatantly false, as data shows that major crimes rose by 22% in New York in 2022. That same year, violent crime in New York City rose by 23% — with law enforcement making more than 126,500 arrests for the seven major crime categories, including murder.
Under Bragg’s leadership, the district attorney’s office has taken many “soft on crime” actions. According to the New York Post, “From Jan. 1, 2022, when he took office, through late November, Bragg downgraded 52% of felony cases to misdemeanors. When felony charges were brought, his office won a conviction just 51% of the time. Both percentages were lower than in comparable recent years.”
Major crimes rose 22% in New York City last year.
Doesn’t sound like “America’s safest big city” to me.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) April 12, 2023
While Bragg continues to target Trump, he is putting the safety of Manhattan residents on the back burner. His charges against the former president have been deemed bogus — and have even been described as “underwhelming” and unlikely to succeed by the left-wing media. At the same time, Bragg has allowed criminals back on the streets of his city with little or no bail, claiming that he wants to “reserve pretrial detention for very serious cases.”
Republicans have grown tired of George Soros-funded district attorneys, like Bragg, being soft on crime — and the dangerous effects of their policies. Thus, they have scheduled their “field hearing” for 9 a.m. on Monday, April 17, and will hear testimony from victims of Bragg’s “failure to prosecute.”
Alvin Bragg’s radical pro-crime, anti-victim policies have led to an increase in violent crime in New York City.
Next week, the Judiciary Committee will examine these policies during a field hearing in Manhattan.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) April 10, 2023