In a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the Justice Department made it clear he had no criminal evidence against Trump.
The Justice Department responded to a series of document requests in a letter to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, saying “any request for oversight must be weighed against the department’s interest in protecting the integrity of its work.”
The letter added: “The Justice Department’s mission to independently and impartially uphold the rule of law requires us to preserve the integrity of our investigations, prosecutions, and civil proceedings, even to avoid the perception that our efforts are immune to anything outside the law and the facts. ”
The letter lays out how the department will withhold information related to the ongoing investigation, despite the department’s pledge on Friday to accommodate lawmakers’ demands as much as possible, citing former President Ronald Reagan.
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In other words, the DOJ’s message was that Jordan could forget about getting anything that might jeopardize the ongoing investigation.
A big reason Republicans want their select committee so desperately is that they seem to think it will allow them to help Trump avoid prosecution. They also appear to want to use the committee to feed information to Trump, as then-Rep. Devin Nunes did when he led the House Intelligence Committee during the Mueller investigation.
Jim Jordan will need to decide whether he wants to engage in a long and potentially costly court battle with the U.S. Justice Department as The criminal evidence he claims will not be turned over.
Jason is the managing editor. He is also a congressional correspondent for the White House Press Fellowship and PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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