GOP considers stripping prosecutors of legal immunity amid Trump indictment: Report

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GOP considers stripping prosecutors of legal immunity amid Trump indictment: Report

House Republicans are reportedly setting their sights on countering “politicized” court cases by making prosecutors liable for misconduct.

Long vexed by what they describe as the “weaponization” of the justice system, House Republicans have been outraged by the vote to indict former President Donald Trump announced last week and have mulled countermeasures. Under the concept, the GOP would create a pathway to push back against unruly district attorneys.

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“I think you’re going to have to look at prosecutorial misconduct and whether or not prosecutors in this country should be exempt from liability,” Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) told Just the News.

Scott likened the idea to the push to end qualified immunity for police officers that many progressives clamored for in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Qualified immunity shields police officers from liability unless they clearly breach constitutional rights.

“These left-wing, liberal prosecutors and George Soros prosecutors want to take away immunity from police officers, yet they want to maintain it for themselves,” Scott added. “I guarantee you if this prosecutor did not have immunity for his actions, he would not have filed this against Donald Trump.”

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) has called on Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg to testify before his panel about his investigation of Trump.

“We have a lot of questions for the Manhattan district attorney. He doesn’t have the luxury of whether or not to determine whether he didn’t show up for a congressional inquiry. I think we’re going to use whatever means necessary,” Comer told Fox Business on Monday.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has similarly teased that the House GOP will take action to “hold Alvin Bragg and his unprecedented abuse of power to account.”

In response to the wave of House GOP criticisms, Bragg’s office blasted Republicans for choosing to “collaborate with Mr. Trump’s efforts to vilify and denigrate” the Manhattan office and make “unfounded allegations” the inquiry was “politically motivated.”

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A Manhattan grand jury approved over 30 counts against Trump last week, numerous outlets reported. Although sealed, a deluge of reports indicates the case stems from an alleged $130,000 hush money payment made to porn star Stormy Daniels in 2016.

At issue is a potential misdemeanor for falsifying reimbursement records of the hush money and a campaign finance violation. Trump is set to be arraigned Tuesday. He has forcefully denied wrongdoing.

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