President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice said in a letter Friday to the House Judiciary Committee that it will likely not share information about the investigation into Biden’s handling of classified information from his time as vice president.
Biden was first to be found with classified documents in his private office, at the Penn Biden Center, in Washington, D.C., just one week before midterm elections 2022. Since then, Biden’s attorneys have located more classified documents at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, on three separate occasions: an unspecified number found in the garage on December 20, one document found in Biden’s study on January 11, and five more found in the study on January 12.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur — who served during the Trump administration — to serve as special counsel in the investigation after the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch, who was assigned to do an initial review of the case, recommended to Garland that a special counsel be appointed.
“Consistent with longstanding policy and practice, any oversight requests must be weighed against the Department’s interests in protecting the integrity of its work,”In a written statement to Jim Jordan, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee (R-OH), the DOJ stated this. “Longstanding Department 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 us to maintain the integrity of our investigations, prosecutions, and civil actions, and to avoid even a perception that our efforts are influenced by anything but the law and the facts,”The letter went on. “So does the Department’s obligation to protect witnesses and law enforcement, avoid flight by those implicated in our investigations, and prevent additional crimes and attacks.”
The House Judiciary Committee replied to the correspondence. “Why’s DOJ scared to cooperate with our investigations?”
Why’s DOJ scared to cooperate with our investigations?
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) January 20, 2023
USA Today stated that this letter came as a response to a Jordanian letter. “demanded documents and communications about a cache of classified documents found at Biden’s former office at a think tank in Washington and at his Wilmington home.”
Biden responded to the scandal on Thursday by saying that he has “no regrets”Concerning his conduct and the possibility of him being questioned about it “quite frankly bugs” him.
“We’re fully cooperating, looking forward to getting this resolved quickly,” Biden claimed. “I think you’re gonna find there’s nothing there. I have no regrets. I’m following what the lawyers have told me they want me to do — that’s exactly what we’re doing. There’s no there, there.”
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