Jim Jordan Proposes Defunding Prosecutors Investigating Trump

 June 5, 2024

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, has proposed an appropriations package to defund what he terms the "lawfare activities" of state and federal prosecutors involved in politically sensitive investigations.

According to Fox News Digital, the proposal specifically targets Special Counsel Jack Smith, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, and Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, all of whom have been involved in legal actions against former President Donald Trump.

Jordan's proposal, sent to House Appropriations Chairman Tom Cole, R-Okla., seeks to defund state and federal prosecutors leading politically sensitive investigations. This initiative is part of Jordan's broader effort to use the appropriations process as a check against what he describes as government overreach and politicized prosecutions.

In recent months, Jordan has been active in implementing reforms through the appropriations process that prohibit funding for politically sensitive investigations. His proposal includes language to eliminate federal funding for state prosecutors or state attorneys general involved in what he describes as "lawfare" and to zero out federal funding for federal prosecutors engaged in such activities.

Jordan Targets Specific Prosecutors in Proposal

Jordan's proposal specifically targets Special Counsel Jack Smith, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg, and Fulton County DA Fani Willis. These prosecutors have been involved in legal actions against former President Trump, which Jordan claims are politically motivated.

Alvin Bragg recently led a case in which Trump was convicted on all 34 counts of falsifying business records. Jordan criticized Bragg, stating that Bragg campaigned on a platform of prosecuting Trump, only to proceed with the case after Trump announced his candidacy for president.

Fulton County DA Fani Willis is also targeted in Jordan's proposal. Willis has been investigating Trump since February 2021, but Jordan argues that she did not take significant action until after Trump declared his intention to run for president.

Jordan's Broader Legislative Efforts

Jordan's efforts to defund these prosecutors are part of a larger legislative strategy. He has helped pass bills such as the "No More Political Prosecutions Act" and the "Forfeiture Funds Expenditure Transparency Act," aiming to curb what he sees as abuses of power in the justice system.

In addition to targeting specific prosecutors, Jordan's proposal also includes recommendations to limit funding for the FBI. He suggests eliminating any non-essential funding for the FBI and prohibiting new taxpayer funding for any new FBI headquarters facility.

Jim Jordan has expressed his concern over these prosecutors' actions, stating, "We have seen rogue prosecutors abuse the rules of professional conduct and their duty to do justice in service of politicized ends."

Context and Implications of Jordan's Proposal

Jordan's proposal comes when former President Trump faces multiple legal challenges. Trump is awaiting a Supreme Court ruling on immunity in a case led by Jack Smith concerning the January 6 investigation and a trial date for charges from Smith's classified records case. Additionally, Trump is facing charges in Georgia related to 2020 election interference brought by Fani Willis.

Jordan's proposal also addresses other areas of concern. He recommends prohibiting taxpayer funds from being used to support the Biden administration’s open-border policies and online speech censorship. These recommendations align with Jordan's broader efforts to use the appropriations process to check government overreach.

Conclusion of Jordan's Legislative Strategy

Jim Jordan's appropriations package proposal aims to defund state and federal prosecutors involved in politically sensitive investigations, specifically targeting those prosecuting former President Trump. This initiative is part of Jordan's broader strategy to use the appropriations process to limit what he views as government overreach and politicized prosecutions. Jordan's legislative efforts include passing bills to curb political prosecutions and proposing restrictions on funding for federal law enforcement agencies.

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