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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan’s request for access to information related to the investigation of Biden’s mishandling of classified documents was denied by the Justice Department this week.
The DOJ informed Jordan that they would not give the panel access to most of the information he requested.
It’s getting so bad that even the Democrats are getting frustrated.
Representative John Garamendi of California made an appearance on “Your World” with host Neil Cavuto of Fox News and talked about the DOJ’s “refusal to divulge important information, including the Trump and Biden documents themselves, to members of Congress that should be reviewing those documents.”
He said, “Specifically, the Justice Department has two investigations underway, the Trump investigation and the Biden investigation… they’re very reluctant in that process to share with the Congress — this is not new. This has been going on, I guess, forever — until that investigation either proves that there was or was not a criminal act. So I would not expect –“
Cavuto asked, “But isn’t that a committee’s right, whether it’s in the Senate, sir, or in the House, these two, that they have to sort of take a back seat to whatever decision Justice will make?
“Obviously, Sen. Warner (D-VA) wasn’t having it. Sen. Wyden (D-OR) wasn’t having it. A host of other key players, from Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to scores of Republicans, weren’t having it.
“Do you think that this setup where we get information at the Justice Department’s discretion is sound? A lot of your colleagues don’t think it is.”
Rep. Garamendi said that the DOJ’s stalling tactics have been a recurring problem and admitted that “it certainly is frustrating, and it’s not new.
In the years I’ve been here — which is not nearly as many as the Senators of whom you’re talking about — this is an ongoing issue between the Justice Department involved in an investigation that may very well be a criminal investigation at some –.“
The Fox News host cut off the Congressman and said, “No, I understand that. On any level does it bother you, sir, is what I’m asking?“
“Well, of course, it’s frustrating in that we’re looking at the oversight issues. I think with regard to the Senate, what they would like to have is the specific classified documents so that they can then understand the risk to our national security.
“I would think that there’s a way in which the Justice Department could make those specific documents available in a classified setting to the Senate committee and to the House committees as to exactly what was at risk here, and we do need to know that. So, I think there’s a path forward, and all of the back and forth that’s going on is not helpful in resolving what should be, in my view, a solution.”
In their defense, the DOJ says that the policy to keep open matters confidential protects the American people’s interest in the fair administration of justice.
Disclosing information about ongoing investigations may jeopardize those investigations, according to a letter from the Justice Department to Jim Jordan following his demand for documents related to the appointment of the two special counsels.
Jordan wanted information on the appointment of Robert Hur in the Biden case and John Lausch in the Trump case as well as all documents between or among the DOJ, the FBI, and the White House regarding the classified records discovered at the Penn Biden Center and at Biden’s Delaware residence.