The Justice Department signaled on Friday that it would not share information about ongoing investigations with the GOP-led House, according to a letter obtained by Politico.
Driving the news: The letter to House Judiciary Speaker Jim Jordan comes after the Ohio Republican announced that the GOP-led committee is seeking to conduct “an oversight of Justice Department actions” related to President Biden’s handling of classified documents. .
- In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland last week, Jordan requested a series of documents and communications, including between the DOJ, the FBI and Biden’s office.
What they are saying: The DOJ’s letter states that “any oversight requests must be weighed against the department’s interests in protecting the integrity of its work,” wrote Carlos Uriarte, DOJ’s head of legislative affairs.
- “The Department’s long-standing policy prevents us from confirming or denying the existence of pending investigations in response to Congressional requests or providing non-public information about our investigations.”
- “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 the law and facts,” he said. Uriarte continued.
The other side: “Why is the DOJ afraid to cooperate with our investigations?” the House Judiciary Committee questioned twitter Friday.
- “Why can’t the White House just be honest with us about Joe Biden’s confidential documents and the border crisis?” Jordan echoed.
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