House Republican Chairmen Call on U.S. Attorney General for Documents Related to President Biden’s Mishandling of Classified Information
Washington, D.C. – In a bold move, three prominent House Republican chairmen have called on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland to provide them with key documents and records pertaining to President Biden’s mishandling of classified information. The Chairmen, James Comer, Jim Jordan, and Jason Smith, are seeking the transcript and any recordings of President Biden’s interview with the Special Counsel’s office regarding his mishandling of classified documents. They are also requesting access to classified documents mentioned in the Special Counsel’s report, which are related to a phone call between then-Vice President Biden and the Ukrainian prime minister in December 2015.
This call for documents comes at a crucial time in the ongoing investigation into President Biden’s actions. The House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, the Committee on the Judiciary, and the Committee on Ways and Means are currently assessing whether there are sufficient grounds to draft articles of impeachment against President Biden. The Committees have been investigating his mishandling of classified materials, particularly in relation to his family’s international business dealings in China and Ukraine.
The Department of Justice had previously denied the Oversight Committee’s requests for information, citing the need to protect the integrity of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s ongoing investigation. However, with Mr. Hur’s investigation now concluded, the Chairmen argue that the Committees require access to certain records related to the investigation and report.
In their letter to Attorney General Garland, the Chairmen express concern that President Biden may have retained sensitive documents related to specific countries involved in his family’s foreign business dealings. They also seek clarification on any limitations or restrictions placed by the White House or President Biden’s personal attorneys during the interview with Mr. Hur.
The Chairmen further highlight the Committee on the Judiciary’s need for these documents in its oversight of the Department’s commitment to impartial justice, particularly in light of the investigation and prosecution of Donald J. Trump. They question the Department’s principles of prosecution, noting that Mr. Hur’s report recommended no criminal charges against President Biden despite evidence of willful retention and transmission of classified materials.
The Chairmen have set a deadline of February 19, 2024, for the production of the requested information. They emphasize the seriousness of the matter and their preparedness to compel the production of the material if necessary.
This development marks a significant step in the ongoing investigation into President Biden’s handling of classified information. As the Committees push for transparency and accountability, the outcome of their request to the Department of Justice will be closely watched.