As reported by my colleague Mike Miller, Chair of House Committee on Accountability and Oversight James Comer (R-KY), House Judiciary Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH), and House Ways and Means Chair Jason Smith (R-MO) have requested the documents and classified conversations between President Joe Biden and Special Counsel Robert Hur be released to the committee for their review. The Special Counsel report surrounds Biden’s holding and misuse of classified documents from when he was a private citizen, and the report cites Biden’s significant cognitive decline as the reason Hur will not recommend Biden be forced to stand trial.
The Committee issued a Monday letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and put a deadline on their request.
A trio of House committees investigating President Biden are asking the Justice Department to turn over transcripts and recordings of his interviews with special counsel Robert Hur following the release of a report critical of Biden’s cognitive abilities while reviewing his handling of classified documents.
The request, sent in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, echoes GOP leaders critical of the Justice Department’s conclusion of the report, complaining Biden received more favorable treatment than that of his 2024 campaign rival, former President Trump.
“The Committee on the Judiciary requires these documents for its ongoing oversight of the Department’s commitment to impartial justice and its handling of the investigation and prosecution of President Biden’s presumptive opponent, Donald J. Trump, in the November 2024 presidential election,” wrote the chairs of the three committees.
They asked for the information by Feb. 19.
We are giving the Justice Department until February 19 at 5p to produce the transcript of President Biden’s interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur and other documents included in the report that relate to our impeachment inquiry.
Americans deserve transparency… pic.twitter.com/JtVZ2LY3nz
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) February 12, 2024
We are giving the Justice Department until February 19 at 5p to produce the transcript of President Biden’s interview with Special Counsel Robert Hur and other documents included in the report that relate to our impeachment inquiry. Americans deserve transparency about President Biden’s mental state and his mishandling of classified documents.
Since the Special Counsel report’s release on Wednesday, the White House and the legacy media have been downplaying the findings and condemning Special Counsel Hur for spreading misinformation. However, Biden’s own behavior at a press conference the same day of the report’s release and his visit on Monday with the Jordanian King Abdullah II add weight to Hur’s assessments.
NEW: Joe Biden’s ‘press conference’ with the King of Jordan Abdullah II turns into a mess as Biden mumbles and eventually gets ‘lost’ behind the king.
Democrats think this man has 5 more years in him, folks.
The incident comes simultaneously as the White House confirmed that… pic.twitter.com/kV7UkatCuX
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) February 12, 2024
The Justice Department confirmed with The Hill that it had received the request but declined to comment on the matter. The Committee has stated it will compel production of the documents and audio tapes if their request is not fulfilled.