- THE WESTERN JOURNAL - Jack Davis - APRIL 14, 2023 -
Citing the prosecution of former President Donald Trump as an exercise in the misuse of government funds, Republican Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona has introduced two bills – one labeled the ALVIN Act — to cut off funding to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office.
As noted by Fox News, the bills are part of a wider war between House Republicans and Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg. House GOP members have attacked the indictment of Trump as pure politics by Bragg, and issued subpoenas for documents concerning the indictment. Bragg has sued House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan saying the Ohio Republicans and his supporters of an unconstitutional attack against law enforcement.
“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 on his website.
“This weaponized prosecutor’s office has spent thousands of federal taxpayer dollars to subsidize this political indictment and is demanding millions more in federal grants,” he said.
The Accountability for Lawless Violence In Our Neighborhoods Act or the ALVIN Act bans federal funds from going to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and requires it to repay everything granted to it since January 1, 2022.
The No Federal Funds for Political Prosecutions Act would bar any law enforcement agency from using funds or property acquired through federally related asset forfeiture to investigate or criminally prosecute a president, vice president, or a candidate for president.
Biggs said Bragg’s conduct was the catalyst for the legislation.