DOJ Says House Committees Should “Avoid Conflict”

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( – The Department of Justice encouraged the House GOP to “avoid conflict” following their threats regarding possible contempt proceedings related to efforts to gain access to information about special counsel Robert Hur’s probe into President Joe Biden’s classified documents case. 

On Monday, April 8, the head of legislative affairs of the Justice Department sent a letter in which he noted that the House’s Judiciary and Oversight committees was given access to the information they had requested after they called for a transcript and recording of Biden’s and Hur’s interview to be handed over. He further stated that the Republicans were also given access to some classified documents and communications with Biden’s attorneys. 

Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte sent the letter to Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), who is the chairman of the House Judiciary, and James Comer (R-Ky.) who is the chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability committee. 

The letter said the chairs might have requested information for “political purposes” that shouldn’t impact the sharing of law enforcement information.

The reason the Jordan and Comer threatened contempt proceedings is because, according to reports, the DOJ handed over the transcript of President Biden and Hur’s interview, but not the audio recording. Still, Uriate argued that the necessary information was provided and wrote in the letter that the DOJ thinks the Republicans are unhappy because they did receive information, not because they didn’t. He encouraged the committees to “avoid conflict” rather than look for it.

The two chairs have been looking to connect Hur’s inquiry to their impeachment investigation into the former President. These efforts have been challenged further following the arrest of an FBI informant who was accused of falsely claiming Biden took bribes had been key to the case as he had accused Biden of taking a bribe related to Hunter Biden’s work in Ukraine.

The same day the DOJ’s letter came to light, Comer issued a statement arguing that the Biden administration doesn’t have the right to decide what “Congress needs and does not need” for its investigations. He insisted that Americans should hear the audio for themselves and promised to continue working to obtain the necessary information.

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