Justice Department tells Jim Jordan it will not share information about ongoing investigations

Justice Department tells Jim Jordan it will not share information about ongoing investigations

Justice Department tells Jim Jordan it will not share information about ongoing investigations


The Justice Department signaled on Friday that it was unlikely to share information about ongoing criminal investigations with the new GOP-controlled House, in a move that is sure to frustrate Republicans in the House.

In a letter to House Judiciary Speaker Jim Jordan responding to a barrage of requests for documents, the DOJ said that “any oversight request must be weighed against the department’s interests in protecting the integrity of its work.”

The letter added: “The Department’s mission to independently and impartially uphold the rule of law requires that we maintain the integrity of our investigations, prosecutions and civil actions and avoid even the perception that our efforts are influenced by anything but by the law and the facts.”

House Republicans have made it clear that they plan to examine the Justice Department’s handling of politically sensitive investigations, including its role in ongoing special counsel investigations related to the handling of classified material by President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump.

House Judiciary Committee Republicans promptly responded to the letter, tweeting friday afternoon: “Why is the DOJ afraid to cooperate with our investigations?”

The letter is an early sign of the obstacles Jordan is likely to face, particularly as he tries to investigate the Justice Department and the FBI. House Republicans are especially eager to investigate the Justice Department’s ongoing investigations, even authorizing a Judiciary subcommittee tasked with investigating alleged “weapons” by the federal government, including “ongoing criminal investigations.”

The letter sheds light on how the department will resist providing information related to ongoing investigations, even as the department pledged on Friday to honor lawmakers’ requests whenever possible, citing former President Ronald Reagan.

“As President Reagan explained in his 1982 directive on how to respond to Congressional requests for information, the ‘tradition of accommodation’ should be ‘the primary means of resolving conflicts between the Powers,’” the letter read.

Jordan is asking the department to produce documents related to the appointment of Robert Hur as a special counsel in the investigation of the Biden documents, as well as the selection of U.S. Attorney General John Lausch, appointed by Trump to lead the initial review of the case, in addition to a wide range of internal and external communications on the subject.

Last week, Jordan sent new letters to several Biden administration officials, including Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray and Drug Enforcement Administration Chief Anne Milgram, reiterating his requests for oversight and demands for relevant documents. for the investigations of the Judiciary Committee.

“Government lockdown must stop,” Jordan wrote, underscoring his plans to aggressively lobby key Biden officials even as the committee’s investigations are still in their infancy.

“House Judiciary Republicans are committed to holding every agency accountable under the new majority and will use binding processes, if necessary, to get answers for the American people,” he added.

This story has been updated with additional details.

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