GOP Rep. Jim Jordan Requests DOJ Memo on Special Counsel’s Trump Investigations

Washington— The Republican head of the House Judiciary Committee is asking the Justice Department to turn over an unredacted copy of a memorandum outlining the scope of Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigations involving former President Donald Trump and information relating to the appointment of Smith to oversee the investigations.

Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who is chairing the court panel, requested the documents in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday and set June 20 as the deadline for the Justice Department to provide the committee with the memorandum and other materials “describing, listing or delineating the authority and jurisdiction of the special counsel.” .

Garland announced last November that Smith would serve as special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s handling of sensitive government records and possible obstruction of the investigation. The order issued by Garland appointing Smith also authorized the special counsel to review efforts to interfere with the transfer of power after the 2020 presidential election and the certification of Electoral College votes held on January 6, 2021.

The attorney general’s order, none of which was redacted, gave Smith the power to “prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters” and to refer any quiet prosecutions that may arise from the investigation to the appropriate American lawyer. The Justice Department confirmed receiving Jordan’s letter, but declined to comment further.

Jordan’s request is part of the Judiciary Committee investigation into the FBI search authorized by the court of Trump’s South Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago, on Aug. 8, 2022. Federal investigators seizure of property 33 boxes of material, 13 of which contained just over 100 documents marked classified.

Files made public as a result of the search, including redacted FBI affidavit presented to substantiate the search warrant and the guaranteesaid Trump was under federal investigation for deleting or destroying records, obstructing justice and potentially violating a provision of the Espionage Act relating to the collection, transmission or loss of defense information.

The FBI search follows a months of effort by the National Archives and Records Administration to retrieve documents Trump brought with him to South Florida after his presidential administration ended in January 2021.

Representatives of the former president and Archives officials argued for months behind the scenes over the documents, which the government said had to be turned over under federal Archives law when Trump left the House. White.

As part of the Archives’ efforts, it recovered 15 boxes containing Mar-a-Lago presidential files as of January 2022. These boxes included 184 documents with classification marks, totaling over 700 pages.

Then, in June 2022, after the Archives referred the case to the Justice Department, Trump’s lawyers turned over to federal investigators a file containing 38 documents marked classified after receiving a subpoena for “all and all.” documents bearing classification marks that were in Trump’s possession at Mar-a-Lago.

A total of about 300 classified marked documents were recovered by federal investigators from the South Florida property after Trump left.

Jordan’s latest request to Garland comes as the special counsel appears to be nearing the end of his investigation into classified documents and records recovered from Mar-a-Lago. Multiple sources with knowledge of the investigation believe a charging decision is imminent, and Trump’s attorneys met smith and federal Justice Department prosecutors on Monday.

The former president has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing, saying several of his predecessors left office with presidential records, which the Contested Archives. He also alleged that he declassified sensitive documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago, although he did not present evidence of doing so, and that the documents he kept were “personal” and not therefore did not have to be returned.

Nikole Killion and Robert Legare contributed reporting.

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