(Reuters) – A former prosecutor who led the Manhattan district attorney’s criminal investigation into former U.S. President Donald Trump will press ahead with his testimony in May before a congressional committee after an attempt to block his appearance was dropped, he said panel on Friday.

Former Manhattan prosecutor Mark Pomerantz will testify on May 12, a spokesman for the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee said.

The committee cited him in connection with the investigation that led to Trump becoming the first former president to be criminally charged.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, a Democrat, sued Jim Jordan, the Republican chairman of the committee, to block the subpoena.

On Friday, both sides said the appeal had been dismissed, clearing the way for the deposition to go ahead.

“We are pleased with this ruling, which ensures that any questioning of our former employee will take place in the presence of our general counsel within a reasonable and agreed time frame,” a spokesman for the Manhattan district attorney said.

Trump, the Republican front-runner in the 2024 presidential nomination campaign, pleaded not guilty April 4 to 34 felony charges. They were linked to a hush money payment before the 2016 election to a porn star to prevent him from talking about a sexual encounter he said they had. He denies that the link took place.

(Reporting by Karen Freifeld and Kanishka Singh; Writing by Costas Pitas; Editing by Eric Beech and Cynthia Osterman)

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