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The Justice Department denied a request Monday from the Republican-led House Judiciary Committee to turn over materials related to President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents, saying doing so could jeopardize its investigation.
Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriate wrote in a letter to committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan, Ohio Republican, that the information lawmakers have requested could hamper the ongoing special counsel investigation into the matter.
“Your letter also requests non-public information that is central to the ongoing special counsel investigation. The department’s longstanding policy is to maintain the confidentiality of such information regarding open matters,” Mr. Uriate wrote, according to a copy of the letter obtained by The Washington Times.
“Disclosures to Congress about active investigations risk jeopardizing those investigations and creating the appearance that Congress may be exerting improper political pressure or attempting to influence department decisions in certain cases,” the letter stated.
Attorney General Merrick Garland earlier this month appointed Robert Hur as special counsel to investigate how classified materials from Mr. Biden’s time in the Senate and as vice president turned up in his Wilmington, Delaware, home and at a former office in Washington.
Russell Dye, a spokesperson for Mr. Jordan, slammed the Justice Department for its unwillingness to share information with the committee.... (Read more)