ANOTHER top Republican opens an investigation into Biden’s classified documents: Rep. Jim Jordan is demanding that Attorney General Merrick Garland produce documents on the process of selecting a special counsel and any communications with the White House
- House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan wasted no time in launching an investigation into President Biden’s documents debacle
- The Trump ally wants to know when the DOJ learned about the classified files
- Oversight of how AG Garland selected Special Counsel Robert K. Hur
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has launched an investigation into the cache of classified documents uncovered at President Biden’s Wilmington home and at a DC office — and is demanding information about the trial, including Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special counsel.
Jordan, a hardliner and Trump ally who was fired in a letter to Garland on Friday, is seeking information not only about the documents but Garland’s appointment of a special counsel to investigate — after the White House reiterated that they were fully ” over’ would have traded the book.’
“We are monitoring the Department of Justice’s actions regarding former Vice President Biden’s misuse of classified information, including the apparent unauthorized possession of classified information in a private office in Washington, DC and in the garage of his home in Wilmington, Delaware. ‘ Jordan and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) wrote Garland Friday.
They pointed to Garland’s appointment of Special Counsel Robert K. Hur, a former US Attorney for Maryland nominated by then-President Donald Trump, who previously worked as an assistant to now-FBI Director Chris Wray and helped oversee the Russia investigation would have.
House Judiciary Speaker Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is asking for documents appointing a special counsel to investigate classified documents found at President Biden’s home and at a DC think tank office
Hur is taking over the job from Chicago Justice Department chief prosecutor John Lausch, who had previously been assigned by the department to investigate the matter and last week recommended Garland’s appointment of a special counsel.
“On January 12, 2023, you appointed Robert Hur as your special counsel to investigate these matters,” the Judiciary Committee wrote in a letter to the White House. “The circumstances of this appointment raise fundamental oversight issues that the Committee routinely investigates. We expect your full cooperation with our investigation,” they wrote.
The oversight is just the latest indication of how House Republicans will use their powerful new seats to glean potentially politically potent information from the probe, even as the White House tries to keep the matter in the DOJ.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) has already launched his own investigation, gathering information from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the White House Office about how documents from Vice President Biden his house and office appeared.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland said he made the decision to select a special counsel because of the “extraordinary circumstances”. “This appointment underscores to the public the department’s commitment to independence and accountability on particularly sensitive matters and to making decisions that are undeniably guided only by facts and the law,” Garland said Thursday
Earlier in the week, President Joe Biden said he was surprised by the documents’ discovery. He declined questions on the subject on Friday
Special Counsel Robert K. Hur is a career federal attorney who was appointed US Attorney for Maryland by then-President Donald Trump
Timeline of events leading up to US Attorney General Merrick Garland’s appointment of a special counsel to oversee an investigation into the drama surrounding President Biden’s classified documents
Jordan wants answers as to when the DOJ learned of the documents. The White House Counsel said he notified the archives on November 3, 202222.
“It is unclear when the Department first learned of the existence of these documents and whether it actively withheld this information from the public on the eve of the 2022 election,” Jordan and Johnson wrote. “It is also unclear what interactions, if any, the Department had with President Biden or his representatives over his misuse of classified information.”
They are seeking any documents related to Hur’s appointment and Garland’s previous selection of Lausch, a holdover from the Trump administration, to conduct the preliminary investigation.
They also want documents between the President’s Executive Office and the President’s attorneys and the DOJ and the FBI — and the “circumstance” of how Biden’s attorneys discovered the classified information.
Garland said he made the appointment due to the “extraordinary circumstances.” “This appointment underscores to the public the department’s commitment to both independence and accountability on particularly sensitive matters and to making decisions that are undeniably guided only by facts and the law,” Garland said Thursday.
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