House Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. Jim Jordan roasted Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg during a congressional hearing for his soft-on-crime policies, which have destroyed New York City.
Jordan opened up at the explosive hearing with a statement accusing Bragg, who is currently pursuing politicized criminal charges against former President Donald Trump, of enforcing the law based on politics.
“In this country, justice is supposed to be blind, regardless of race, religion or creed,” Jordan began.
“However, here in Manhattan, the scales of justice are weighed down by politics. For the district attorney, justice isn’t blind. It’s about looking for opportunities to advance a political agenda, a radical political agenda,” Jordan stated.
The chairman also referred to Bragg’s memo he issued to staff when he took office in January 2022, ordering his team to lessen penalties for certain crimes, including robberies and assault.
Jordan noted that because of Bragg’s policies, “there are already too many people who believe that they can commit crimes, resist arrest, interfere with police officers, and face zero consequences.”
Republicans have gathered six witnesses to speak at the crime hearing, including a Democrat New York City Council member and family members of victims of crime.
“As we’ll hear today, repeat offenders are plaguing New York City,” Jordan said.
Jordan then quoted NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell, who warned that “recidivism is the undertow pulling against everything we are doing to keep our city safe.”
Joran noted the statistics released by Sewell revealed just 327 individuals were arrested more than 6,000 times for “retail theft” in New York.
“Think about that,” the chairman said. “327 individuals responsible for 6,000 retail thefts, what we used to call ‘stealing,’ taking someone else’s property, each person arrested on average 20 times.”
Jordan noted that the hearing would be the first of many and would allow the committee would hold in “some of our greatest cities” to examine crime overseen by radical lefts DAs.
“What better place to start than New York City, where videos of violent, senseless attacks appear almost daily, and where the DA of Lower Manhattan earned a reputation for caring more about the perpetrators of crime than the victims,” Jordan said.
Earlier this month, Rep. Jerry Nadler dismissed the hearing as a “political stunt.”
Nadler also accused Jordan of “weaponizing” the Judiciary Committee to defend Trump.