House Republican introduces bill to defund Bragg’s office after Trump indictment

2K5PGGA U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), endorsed by former U.S. President Donald Trump, speaks on stage before a rally ahead of the midterm elections in Mesa, Arizona, U.S., October 9, 2022. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

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Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., introduced two pieces of legislation Thursday that would defund Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office following his office’s controversial indictment against President Donald Trump.

According to The Daily Caller, the “Accountability for Lawless Violence In Our Neighborhoods Act,” also known as the “ALVIN Act,” would prevent federal funding from supporting Bragg’s office. The ALVIN Act would also require the Manhattan district attorney’s office to repay any federal funding that was awarded after Jan. 1, 2022.

The second piece of legislation, the “No Federal Funds for Political Prosecutions Act,” seeks to prohibit state and local law enforcement organizations from “using funds or property attainted pursuant to section 511(e) of the Controlled Substances Act” to investigate or prosecute a criminal case against a U.S. president, vice president, or presidential candidate while lawlessness continues to rage across U.S. cities.

“District Attorney Alvin Bragg ran on a campaign pledge to indict President Trump. Bragg took the unprecedented action of converting alleged minor business misdemeanors to 34 individual felonies in an attempt to put President Trump behind bars and humiliate him and his supporters,” Biggs said in a statement.

Biggs claims that Bragg “weaponized” his office, spent “thousands” of dollars in federal tax dollars to investigate and indict the 45th president, and is “demanding millions” of additional taxpayer dollars through federal grants.

“It’s disturbing to see District Attorney Bragg waste federal resources for political purposes rather than addressing the serious crime in his city,” he said.

Biggs, who serves as a member of both the Oversight and Accountability Committee and the House Judiciary Committee, explained that with an “almost insurmountable national debt” exceeding $31 trillion, the United States “cannot afford” to fund Bragg’s efforts to politicize the country’s system of criminal justice.

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