This week, House Republicans subpoenaed records from special counsel Robert Hur’s probe into the controversy surrounding President Joe Biden’s use of secret documents to the Justice Department.
Attorney General Merrick Garland received a letter on February 12 from the Judiciary, Oversight, and Ways and Means House committees. The letter requested the audio transcript of Hur’s interview with Biden as well as other particular records pertaining to Hur’s inquiry. The DOJ disregarded the committee’s request to get the information by February 19th.
Informing the committees that it was “working to obtain and review” the required papers, the DOJ stated on February 16. The government refused to specify when it would deliver the information, blaming the delay on confidentiality and classification concerns.
The DOJ is now required by the subpoena to provide the pertinent documents by March 7 at 9 a.m.
The records are necessary for two key reasons for legislators. Regarding the subpoena, Garland received a fresh letter that clarified:
“The Committees are concerned that President Biden may have preserved sensitive records linked to certain nations and his family’s international business transactions,” reads the impeachment probe into Biden.
Supervision of the Department of Justice’s probe into Donald Trump: “Furthermore, the Judiciary Committee needs these documents for its continuous monitoring of the Department’s dedication to fair trials and its management of the probe and prosecution of President Biden’s likely rival, President Donald J. Trump, in the November 2024 presidential election.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (D) stated in a statement that Hur’s report “makes two things clear: Joe Biden isn’t suitable for office, and there’s a double standard of justice in our nation.”
“The American people have a right to know if President Biden maintained confidential records connected to his family’s international business transactions now that special counsel Hur’s investigation is complete,” he clarified. Congress and the American people do not view the president’s alleged memory impairments as a defense for corruption, even if the special counsel declined to prosecute him on that basis.
When Hur’s special counsel testifies on Capitol Hill on March 12 to discuss his probe and its findings, the investigation will garner significant attention once more the following month.