Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan demanded that Attorney General Merrick Garland cough up an unredacted copy of the Justice Department’s memorandum outlining the scope of special counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s mishandling of classified documents.
Jordan, who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, requested the documents as his committee investigates the FBI’s “unprecedented raid” of Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida last August.
Jordan said in the letter he wanted more information on Smith’s investigation since Garland appointed him in November as the DOJ gets closer to deciding whether or not to charge Trump.
“We previously requested information and documents related to the FBI’s raid on President Trump’s residence and its subsequent investigation,” Jordan wrote.
“Because you have not provided this information, and in light of your appointment of Jack Smith as special counsel, we write to request an unredacted copy of the memorandum outlining the scope of Mr. Smith’s probes regarding President Trump and any supporting documentation related to his appointment as special counsel.”
Jordan asked that the DOJ hand over the unredacted information by 5 p.m. on June 20.
The letter comes just one day after Trump’s lawyers met with Justice Department prosecutors on Monday for two hours to address Smith’s alleged “misconduct and overreach” in the case.
A Trump spokesperson had told The Post last week that the ex-president’s lawyers planned to share “specific examples of prosecutorial misconduct and overreach,” with Garland, who did not attend the meeting.
Smith is “wrapping up” his criminal investigation into Trump’s retention of hundreds of classified documents that were taken to his Florida resort in Jan. 2021 after losing the 2020 election to Joe Biden.
Trump failed to hand over the documents as part of a dispute with the National Archives and Records Administration, which could lead to an obstruction of justice charge.
Smith is also investigating allegations that Trump was recorded in the summer of 2021 admitting he had classified documents that concerned a US military plan to invade Iran.
The Justice Department last week decided not to charge Trump’s former Vice President Mike Pence after classified documents were found at his Indiana home in January.
President Biden, 80, is also facing a special counsel investigation for having allegedly mishandled classified information.
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