Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting an update on the investigation into President Joe Biden’s possible mismanagement of classified documents by a special counsel.
Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, has requested that Garland provide him with a “unredacted copy of the memorandum outlining the scope of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s probes regarding President Biden and any supporting documents relating to his appointment.”
“The Committee on the Judiciary has jurisdiction to oversee the activities of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation pursuant to Rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives,” he wrote, adding that he’s also requesting “any other document describing, listing, or delineating the authority and jurisdiction” outlining the scope “of the special counsel” probe.
Hur was appointed after classified documents dating back to Biden’s tenure as vice president were discovered at the Biden Penn Center. Additionally, classified materials were discovered at one of Biden’s Delaware residences.
This week, Jordan’s letters to Garland arrived as former President Trump appeared in court.
Thursday afternoon, U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon issued her first major ruling in the case brought against him by Special Counsel Jack Smith, who was appointed by Biden’s Department of Justice.
Cannon declared in a brief order that all attorneys in the case, as well as Trump’s longstanding valet Walt Nauta, who is charged alongside him as an alleged co-conspirator, must contact the DOJ regarding security clearances.
“Cannon ordered the attorneys to file a ‘notice of compliance’ by June 20, a relatively rapid pace. Both Trump and Nauta are looking to fill out their legal teams in the coming days. Trump, in particular, has suffered setbacks as several of his veteran lawyers quit the case in the leadup to his indictment, the result of internal turmoil that has spilled into public view,” Politico reported.
“There are no additional dates set yet in the case against Trump, whose historic arraignment was completed on Tuesday in Miami. Nauta’s arraignment was postponed until June 27 because he did not yet have a lawyer who is a member of the bar in the federal court in south Florida,” the outlet added.
Guardian reporter Hugo Lowell tweeted: “New on Trump Mar-a-Lago docket: US judge Aileen Cannon orders defense counsel to contact DOJ to expedite security clearance process on or before June 16 and file compliance notice by June 20. Cannon does not appear to be recusing this case.”
A former criminal defense counsel for Trump argued earlier this week that the investigation into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents may not even proceed to trial.
During an interview on Fox News, Timothy Parlatore, who served as Trump’s criminal defense attorney until last month, spoke with host Laura Ingraham about Trump’s arraignment in Miami on Tuesday. Smith, who was appointed by Biden’s Department of Justice, brought the case against Trump.
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