DOJ Upgrades Biden Review to Full Investigation

( – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has upgraded a “review” into a full investigation of President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents.

The inquiry comes after papers marked “classified” were found at Biden’s think tank in Washington and at his home garage in Wilmington Delaware.

At the same time, the House is watching over the DOJ, unconvinced the Justice Department  is able to carry out a thorough and impartial investigation.

Representative Jim Jordan (D-Ohio) announced the investigation January 13, a day after Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed former US Attorney Robert Hur to lead a “review.” That review became a full-fledged investigation, according to Garland.

In a joint letter to AG Garland, Jordan and Louisiana Republican Representative Mike Johnson wrote that the House was “conducting oversight” of the DOJ’s handling of the Biden documents inquiry. They said Garland’s appointment of Hur to lead the investigation raised questions and that they expected the DOJ to cooperate fully.

The letter also says House Republicans are skeptical of the DOJ’s actions, and questioned if the Justice Department knew about the classified papers in Biden’s possession, and whether the department concealed this before the 2022 elections. 

Jordan and Johnson also took aim at the FBI for what it called the Bureau’s “unprecedented” raid on President Trump’s Florida home in search of classified material. Trump cooperated with law enforcement agencies during their searches. 

The letter said Garland’s DOJ and the FBI have not filled an August 15, 2022 request by House committee members seeking documentation of the 2022 raids on Trump’s home. 

On January 12, the day before Jordan and Johnson sent their letter to Garland, the Attorney General defended his appointment of Rober Hur. Garland said the appointment was “critical” to a fair investigation.

The investigation of Biden’s document handling will be the first taken on by Jim Jordan as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Jordan has represented Ohio’s 4th congressional district since 2007.

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