House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Tuesday demanded the Department of Justice (DOJ) produce documents in connection to special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s classified documents case.
The letter, dated Tuesday and addressed to Attorney General Merrick Garland, stated that the DOJ hasn’t responded to previous requests about Smith’s probe.
Smith was named as special counsel last year, coming months after the FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago for allegedly classified documents.
“The Committee on the Judiciary is continuing to investigate the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) unprecedented raid of President Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago on August 8, 2022,” Jordan wrote (pdf) in the letter.
“We previously requested information and documents related to the FBI’s raid on President Trump’s residence and its subsequent investigation.”
“Because you have not provided this information, and in light of your appointment of Jack Smith as special counsel, we write to request an unredacted copy of the memorandum outlining the scope of Mr. Smith’s probes regarding President Trump and any supporting documentation related to his appointment as special counsel,” Jordan wrote, demanding that Garland and the DOJ produce relevant records to his committee by June 20.
Jordan did not say what would happen if Garland fails to comply with the demands. In a separate case, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) have said they would consider holding FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress for failing to produce a document that allegedly reveals a bribery scheme involving President Joe Biden.
“Please provide the committee with an unredacted copy of the memorandum outlining the scope of Special Counsel Smith’s investigations pursuant to his appointment on November 18, 2022, and any other document describing, listing, or delineating the authority and jurisdiction of the special counsel as soon as possible,” Jordan wrote.
Jordan, meanwhile, has sent Garland letters concerning whether the Smith investigation into the former president is tainted. It came in light of findings made by special counsel John Durham, who released a lengthy report that signaled that FBI officials acted irresponsibly when the bureau opened an investigation into whether Trump colluded with Russia after the 2016 election.
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