The appointment of a special counsel in the Biden case tells us something new about Merrick Garland.
Published on 17.1.2023
Jim Jordan (GOP) demands answers from Merrick Garland about Biden documents.
House Republicans launch probe into DOJ probe into confidential Biden documents, Insider reports.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan is opening his own investigation into the Biden files.
Jordan wants Attorney General Merrick Garland to share information about the DOJ investigation.
“The American people deserve transparency and accountability,” he wrote on Friday.
Less than 24 hours after a special counsel was appointed to investigate President Joe Biden’s alleged mishandling of classified records, new House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan has launched an investigation. GOP-led on how the Justice Department is addressing this politically charged situation.
In a three-page letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, Jordan voiced myriad concerns about Biden’s handling of sensitive issues during his tenure as vice president.
“It is unclear when the department learned of the existence of these documents and whether it actively withheld this information from the public on the eve of the 2022 election,” Mr. Jordan wrote, lashing out. to Biden administration officials who reportedly remained silent ahead of the midterm elections.
He also asked how the new Biden case compares to the ongoing federal investigation into missing files that FBI agents recovered last summer while searching former President Donald Trump’s home in Palm Beach, Florida. .
“The American people deserve transparency and accountability from our highest executive branch law enforcement officials,” Jordan wrote just before demanding that Garland hand over “all related documents and communications.” to the selection of Special Counsel Robert K. Hur, Preliminary Investigator John Lausch, White House Special Counsel Richard Sauber, the Federal Bureau of Investigations and others associated with the two locations where documents linked to Biden have been found so far.
On Thursday, Mr. Garland said he had decided to appoint a special advocate because of the “extraordinary circumstances” of the situation, namely an ongoing investigation into the handling of sensitive documents by Mr. Biden and his team. The move comes just two months after another special counsel was appointed to oversee the classified documents case involving Mr Trump.
Mr. Jordan’s swift action comes as newly empowered House GOP leaders craft an ambitious surveillance agenda, while rank-and-file members blithely pick targets for impeachment.
House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy told congressional reporters on Thursday that Biden’s situation appeared ripe for the new judiciary subcommittee to examine the alleged “militarization” of the federal government.
Jordan gave Garland until January 27 to provide the requested information.