DOJ denies House GOP request for information on ongoing investigations – Axios

The Department of Justice signaled Friday that it’s not going to share information about ongoing investigations with the GOP-led House, per a letter obtained by Politico.

Driving the news: The letter to House Judiciary Chair Rep. Jim Jordan comes after the Ohio Republican announced that the GOP-led committee is seeking to conduct “an oversight of the Justice Department’s actions” related to President Biden’s handling of classified documents.

  • In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland last week, Jordan requested a number of documents and communications, including between the DOJ, the FBI and Biden’s office.

What they’re saying: The DOJ’s letter states that “any oversight requests must be weighed against the department’s interests in protecting the integrity of its work,” Carlos Uriarte, DOJ’s legislative affairs chief, wrote.

  • “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.”
  • “The Department’s mission to independently and impartially uphold the rule of law requires us to maintain the integrity of our investigations, prosecutions, and civil actions, and to avoid even a perception that our efforts are influenced by anything but the law and the facts,” Uriarte continued.

The other side: “Why’s DOJ scared to cooperate with our investigations?” the House Judiciary Committee questioned on Twitter Friday.

  • “Why can’t the White House just be honest with us about Joe Biden’s classified documents and the border crisis?” Jordan echoed.

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