Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., have officially launched an investigation into Joe Biden’s classified documents scandal that has blown up in the last week.
Jordan, the newly minted Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, along with committee member Rep. Johnson, penned a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday that alerted the Justice Department to their intent to investigate Biden’s “mishandling of classified documents, including the apparently unauthorized possession of classified material at a Washington, D.C. private office and in the garage of his Wilmington, Delaware residence.”
The letter also noted that just days before the November 2022 midterm elections, Biden’s personal attorneys reportedly discovered “classified documents” at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. The documents found were marked classified as well as marked “sensitive compartmented information.”
This, Jordan’s letter said, was suggestive of the “mishandling of the most sensitive intelligence information in the U.S. government.”
According to a report from Fox News, it is unknown what documents Biden was keeping, and whether anyone else had access to them after Biden left the office of the vice presidency in 2017.
Jordan and Johnson’s letter noted, “The American people deserve transparency and accountability from our most-senior executive branch law enforcement officials.”
They further asked Garland to produce the following for their investigation:
- Documents and communications relating to the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Hur in the investigation of the Biden classified document situation,
- Documents and communications related to the selection of John R. Lausch Jr. to examine Biden’s purported mishandling of classified material,
- Documents and communications between the DOJ, the FBI, and the Executive Office of the President in relation to the documents that have been discovered,
- Documents and materials between the DOJ, FBI, and attorneys of Biden referring to the classified documents,
- All documents or communications related to the physical storage of the classified material, and all communications related to the discovery of the material.