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DOJ tells GOP lawmakers it will not hand over most Biden special counsel probe documents until investigation complete

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The Justice Department told Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan on Monday that it would not provide most of the information he requested about the ongoing special counsel investigation. Dealing with classified documents of President Joe Biden Until that investigation is completed, according to a new letter obtained by CNN.

In the letter, the Department of Justice specifically cites restrictions on special counsel investigations to uphold the long-standing practice of withholding information that could jeopardize or jeopardize ongoing investigations. is repeatedly stated.

Jordan, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, has requested access to a number of relevant documents. Biden Special Counsel Investigation.

“Disclosure to Congress about ongoing investigations jeopardizes those investigations and makes it appear that Congress is exerting inappropriate political pressure or attempting to influence State Department decisions in certain cases. There is danger. Determining whether and how to pursue a matter is and must remain the exclusive responsibility of the Department of Justice,” the DOJ letter states. increase.

In its letter, the DOJ said, “Disclosing nonpublic information about an ongoing investigation violates a statutory requirement or court order, reveals an investigation roadmap, gathers facts, interviews witnesses, It could impede the Department of Justice’s ability to pursue criminal prosecutions in response to

House Republicans to investigate DOJ’s handling of politically sensitive investigations, including DOJ’s role in ongoing special counsel investigations related to handling of classified materials by Biden and former President Donald Trump Revealed the plan.

Jordan asked the State Department to produce documents related to the appointment of Robert Herr as special counsel to investigate Biden documents and the selection of Trump-appointed US attorney John Rausch, in addition to an extensive investigation. . An array of internal and external communications regarding issues.

DOJ’s latest answer is that Jordan Proceed to issue summons As for the documents in question, he told CNN last week that he would consider what to do if the department refused to hand them over.

“We’ll see what happens, but I’m pretty sure they’ll ask for subpoena documents,” he said. “But we don’t know yet if it will come to fruition.”

Jordan spokesperson Russell Dye responded to Monday’s letter by saying, “It’s worrying, to say the least, that the State Department is more concerned with politics than with cooperation.”

in a letter sent to Jordan earlier this month.the Justice Department also indicated it was unlikely to share information about ongoing criminal investigations with the new Republican-controlled House of Representatives, but did so in response to a request by the chairman of the Judiciary Committee related to Special Counsel Biden’s investigation. said it would deal with it separately.

Both letters together give an early indication of the hurdles Jordan is likely to face, especially when trying to investigate the Justice Department and the FBI. They also stress that the appointment of a special counsel has further complicated matters for Republican lawmakers who are looking to launch their own investigations into Biden’s handling of classified documents.

House Republicans have been particularly keen to delve into the Department of Justice’s ongoing investigations, including an “ongoing criminal investigation,” the judiciary tasked with investigating the alleged “weaponization” of the federal government. I even approved a subcommittee.

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