The Biden Justice Department has shown the first signs of resistance to Republican investigations into President Joe Biden, possible corruption in his family, and other policies such as immigration and the border.
“While we will work diligently to accommodate requests for public testimony, it may not always be possible to participate or to address all the topics the Committee wishes to raise,” assistant attorney general for the Office of Legislative Affairs Carlos Uriarte wrote to committee chair Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) in a letter obtained by Breitbart News.
The letter came after Jordan resent requests this week to seven Biden officials for documents, communication, and testimony. His previous requests were before Republicans took over the House, and were deemed “premature” by the administration.
Attorney General Merrick Garland, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, and White House chief of staff Ron Klain are some of the officials Jordan contacted.
“Stonewalling must stop”
The renewed requests carried more urgency, asking the officials to comply “immediately” and warning that a “compulsory process,” i.e. subpoenas, would ensue if resistance continued.
“This stonewalling must stop,” Jordan warned.
The first hearings involving the requested information will likely happen in February, after membership and rules have been set.
Subjects of the hearings include the DOJ’s handling of certain parents attending school board meetings, its role in the southern border crisis, raids on Mar-a-Lago and Project Veritas employees’ residences, implementation of the FACE Act (the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act), the way January 6 investigations were conducted, and “alleged politicization and bias.”
There is also a new subcommittee under the Judiciary Committee that was formed to look into the weaponization of the federal government against certain political parties or entities.
The committee was authorized after several instances of FBI agents falsifying information and requesting censorship of certain news stories from Twitter.
Its membership is expected to be announced in the next few days, and is expected to include both Republicans and Democrats.
“Longstanding Department policy prevents us from confirming or denying the existence of pending investigations in response to congressional requests or providing non-public information about our investigations,” Uriarte wrote in response to Jordan’s requests.
In response, the Judiciary Committee tweeted Friday, “Why’s DOJ scared to cooperate with our investigations?”
Why’s DOJ scared to cooperate with our investigations?
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) January 20, 2023