House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) bashed House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) for his claim that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is seeking “political vengeance” through his criminal probe of former President Donald Trump.
McCarthy, in a tweet on Saturday, called on “relevant” House committees to look into whether federal funds are being used in probes against Trump led by Bragg and other prosecutors.
Jeffries, during former White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s new MSNBC show, said he strongly disagrees with McCarthy and presumed the speaker was referring to the House “weaponization of the federal government” subcommittee, which has held a number of dramatic hearings since the GOP majority created it this year.
It’s “really more appropriately named the ‘committee to protect insurrectionists,’” Jeffries said.
He added: “Instead of the House majority focusing on the economy, they continue to peddle conspiracy theories led by this so-called weaponization committee and the oversight committee, as opposed to trying to find common ground with House Democrats to try to make life better for everyday Americans. But we’re going to continue to put people over politics.”
Jeffries later commended the weaponization committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Stacey Plaskett, for pushing back against MAGA Republicans.
He also said he looks forward to a “positive, forward-looking” relationship with McCarthy in the future.
“That doesn’t mean that we aren’t going to strongly disagree with each other, as we have with respect to the former twice-impeached president of the United States of America,” Jeffries said.
“But we can agree to disagree without being disagreeable.”