House Republicans are heading to New York City to conduct a hearing on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s policies, which they believe are “pro-crime.” Bragg’s policies include not imposing bail or reducing bail for dangerous offenders, as well as a reluctance to prosecute certain crimes, such as prostitution.
Judiciary Committee member Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) said, “If Bragg can spend resources indicting President Trump, he should be able to address the soaring crime in NYC.”
To which a spokeswoman for Alvin Bragg responded, “Don’t be fooled. The House GOP is coming to the safest big city in America for a political stunt.”
It’s ironic that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who indicted Donald Trump for alleged political reasons, is now accusing the House Judiciary Committee of conducting a “political stunt” by investigating the rising crime rate in New York City.
Despite being referred to as the “safest big city in America,” major crimes in New York increased by 22% in 2022. Although murders and shootings decreased. This implies that the likelihood of being mugged, assaulted, or robbed has risen.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) April 11, 2023
The House Judiciary Committee has planned a hearing titled “Victims of Violent Crime in Manhattan” for next Monday, to be held in a federal office building near the area where Donald Trump recently surrendered to authorities. No witnesses have been listed on the committee’s website yet, but the hearing is expected to address the issue of violent crime in Manhattan.
Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) took to Twitter in response to the scheduled hearing saying, “New Yorkers don’t need to take public safety advice from Jim Jordan, whose ‘tough on crime’ solution is to defund the DOJ and FBI.”
On Monday, Bragg’s spokeswoman made a statement taking aim at Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). The spokeswoman claimed that Manhattan had a lower murder rate than Columbus, Ohio, which is next to the district Mr. Jordan represents. She added that in 2022, Columbus had 140 homicides, while New York City, which has more than eight times the population, had 433 homicides.
“If Chairman Jordan truly cared about public safety, he could take a short drive to Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Akron, or Toledo in his home state,” she said.