Jim Jordan Demands Answers From Letitia James Over Trump Prosecutor

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) has issued a stern warning to New York Attorney General Letitia James, threatening to subpoena her if she fails to provide requested information regarding Matthew Colangelo, the top prosecutor in former President Donald Trump’s Manhattan criminal case. Jordan’s demand comes as part of his ongoing investigation into the potential politicization of the prosecution against Trump.

Jordan initially contacted James on May 15, seeking documentation and correspondence related to Colangelo, who previously worked in her office. “Mr. Colangelo’s recent employment history demonstrates his obsession with investigating a person rather than prosecuting a crime,” Jordan stated. He has also requested information from Colangelo’s other recent employers.

Colangelo was heavily involved in an investigation into the Trump Organization while working for James, which led to a civil fraud case against Trump. In February, a Manhattan judge found Trump guilty and ordered him to pay over $450 million to the state of New York, a decision currently being appealed.

After leaving James’ office, Colangelo joined the Biden Department of Justice, where he served as the third highest-ranking official for two years. He then moved to the Manhattan District Attorney’s office in December 2022 to lead the prosecution in the “hush money” case against Trump. This case resulted in Trump being found guilty last month of falsifying business records in connection with payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels and others before the 2016 election.

In his May 15 letter, Jordan highlighted concerns about Colangelo’s targeting of Trump, arguing it exacerbates the perception of a politicized and weaponized Justice Department. He requested documents and communications involving Colangelo from several offices, including the DOJ and the Manhattan district attorney’s office, as well as Colangelo’s personnel files from the New York Attorney General’s Office.

With no response by the May 29 deadline, Jordan followed up with another letter on Tuesday. He emphasized Congress’s interest in preventing politically motivated prosecutions of Presidents. Jordan has now set a new deadline of July 2 and threatened to issue a subpoena if James does not comply.

“The Committee is prepared to resort to compulsory process to obtain compliance with our requests,” Jordan warned. Bragg and Colangelo are expected to testify before the Judiciary Committee on July 12, just one day after Trump’s sentencing hearing.