Rep. Jim Jordan is demanding that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland disclose any FBI involvement in the investigation of former President Donald Trump’s possession of classified materials by the special counsel.
The Ohio Republican demanded in a letter he sent this week that Merrick respond to a number of queries regarding any FBI involvement. It follows a damning report by special counsel John Durham regarding the FBI’s unethical and improper targeting of Trump’s 2016 campaign, during which he was unjustly accused of “collusion” with Russia, an allegation that Durham’s report said was manufactured by the Hillary Clinton campaign.
Jordan wants to know how many FBI agents are assisting special counsel Jack Smith, who is reportedly investigating the classified documents issue as well as the events surrounding the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building and Trump campaign activities surrounding the 2020 election. Jordan warned of “the institutional rot that pervades the FBI” and demanded to know how many FBI agents are assisting Smith.
“The extent of the FBI’s bias and reckless disregard for the truth, which Special Counsel Durham laid out in painstaking detail, is nothing short of scandalous. The FBI has tried to dismiss the report’s findings by claiming to have ‘already implemented dozens of corrective actions’ to prevent similar misconduct in the future,” Jordan wrote, according to WND News.
“The FBI’s window dressing is not enough. The special counsel’s report serves as a stark reminder of the need for more accountability and reforms within the FBI,” he said.
Jordan continued by explaining that Congress is conducting “oversight” in order to “inform these legislative reforms” that appear to be required within the bureau. He added that the FBI “did not possess any actual evidence of collusion before deciding to launch” its investigation into Trump’s possible collusion. “The FBI appears to have disregarded this issue largely due to personal and political biases against Donald Trump harbored by FBI personnel,” he said.
The Post Millennial added that Jordan’s Thursday letter to Garland Jordan seeks to determine “whether any of the FBI employees assigned to the investigation were previously involved in matters involving Trump and whether Smith relied on any information gathered ‘exclusively by the FBI’ prior to his appointment as special counsel.”
The FBI discovered classified documents at the residences of President Donald Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden, and former Vice President Mike Pence, which the Justice Department delivered to congressional leaders late last month.
According to reports, the Biden administration continues to cooperate with legislators despite months of criticism from both Democrats and Republicans that vital information regarding the seized documents was being withheld.
“The documents were provided to the Gang of Eight, the top four party leaders, and the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate intelligence committees, three sources familiar told Axios,” the outlet noted, adding that the congressional members were not informed which residence each of the documents came from.
In August, the FBI seized documents from Trump during a high-profile raid. Shortly thereafter, agents discovered classified documents at one of Biden’s residences in Delaware, after discovering some at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C., prior to the November 2020 election.
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