Mark Pomerantz, a former Manhattan prosecutor who led an investigation into Trump’s finances, invoked his Fifth Amendment rights during his deposition before the House Judiciary Committee on Friday.
The GOP-led committee is conducting oversight of Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s “unprecedented indictment” of a former U.S. president.
Former President Donald Trump in March became the first-ever U.S. president to be criminally charged in a case brought by Bragg. Trump pleaded not guilty in April to the 34 felony counts (pdf) of falsifying business records.
As part of the House Judiciary Committee’s oversight, Pomerantz was subpoenaed to provide testimony. Bragg sued in an attempt to block the congressional subpoena, but a judge denied his request.
In Pomerantz’s opening statement on Friday, he called the GOP-led committee’s investigation “political theater.”
He said he was appearing to testify “as required” because “I respect the rule of law.”
“What I do not respect is the use of the Committee’s subpoena power to compel me to participate in an act of political theater,” he said in the statement. “This deposition is for show. I do…