On Friday (January 13), Republican Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) announced in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland that the panel would spearhead an investigation into the discovery of classified documents in Biden’s old office.
The letter came the day after Garland announced the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Hur to oversee the Department of Justice’s investigation into the alleged mishandling of classified documents by Biden.
Jordan and Johnson also request the DOJ hand over documents relating to the investigation.
In the letter, the two Republicans explain the Committee will be doing “oversight” of the Department of Justice’s actions relating to the discovery of Obama-era classified documents in Biden’s “Washington, D.C. private office and in the garage of his Wilmington, Delaware residence.”
The pair also asserted that Garland’s decision to appoint a Special Counsel in the case raises integral oversight questions “that the Committee routinely examines.”
They then expressed their expectation that Garland would cooperate with the inquiry.
The White House confirmed the discovery of classified material at an on-campus office Biden used while he held the title of honorary professor for the University of Pennsylvania between 2017 and 2019.
Yet, the White House’s confirmation about the material in the office came after a CBS News report exposed the discovery, which had occurred on November 2, 2022, two months before the story broke.
Days later, the White House made another admission: a second batch of documents was uncovered in the garage of the President’s Wilmington, Delaware home.
Like the first admission, the second came after an NBC report revealing more classified documents were discovered in a second location.