WASHINGTON — House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, a key Trump ally, is calling on the Justice Department to provide lawmakers with internal documents outlining the scope of Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into how the former president handled classified documents found in his march last year. -a-Lago estate in Florida.
In a letter first reported by NBC News, Jordan told Attorney General Merrick Garland that his commission requested “an unredacted copy of the memorandum outlining the scope of Mr. Smith’s investigations into President Trump.” and all supporting documentation related to his appointment as special counsel is outlined. ”
The letter from Jordan, one of Trump’s most staunch defenders on Capitol Hill, comes a day after the former President’s lawyers met with Smith and others at Justice Department headquarters and the same week that the grand jury does to Trump’s handling of classified documents, is expected to meet again.
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Jordan, R-Ohio, said he is seeking the Justice Department documents by June 20.
Congressional Republicans are stepping up pressure on the Justice Department over Smith’s investigations into both the classified documents and allegations of Trump’s meddling in the 2020 presidential election, which he continues to falsely claim were tainted by fraud.
The FBI searched Trump’s Florida home in August and found more than 11,000 government documents, including more than “one hundred unique documents” with classification markers, according to a government court filing. Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing in handling the documents, saying in capital letters on his Truth Social site on Monday that he “did nothing wrong.”
Republican lawmakers have also put pressure on officials outside the federal government who are investigating Trump.
Jordan previously subpoenaed Mark Pomerantz, a former district attorney who once oversaw the Manhattan district attorney’s investigation into Trump. The subpoena was issued shortly after Trump was indicted for payments made to adult film star Stormy Daniels and another woman towards the end of the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all charges, and Pomerantz testified to members after trial of the Jordanian Commission.