Incoming House Judiciary Committee chairman formally accuses FBI of meddling in last four elections

"It'd be nice if the FBI and the Justice Department just stayed out of" elections, Rep. Jim Jordan says.

Updated: November 17, 2022 - 2:46pm

The incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday formally accused the FBI of meddling in the last four elections to the detriment of Republicans, citing the Russia collusion probe, the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story and the raid on Donald Trump's home .

"When is the FBI gonna quit interfering with elections?" Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, asked a news conference laying out the GOP's investigative priorities next year. "2016, they spied on President Trump's campaign. 2018, it was the Mueller investigation. 2020, they suppressed information about the Hunter Biden story. 2022, they raided the President's home 91 days before an election.

"Maybe it'd be nice if the FBI and the Justice Department just stayed out of it and let we the people decide who we think should represent us, who we think should lead us," he added. "That’s supposed to be how America works.

"So this is the focus on the Judiciary Committee, the political nature of the Justice Department and the linkage now to what was happening with the Hunter Biden story, again just 15 days before we had a presidential election."

The FBI has repeatedly denied that politics has played a role in any of the Trump investigations but acknowledged significant failures in many of them, including the inappropriate expression of political bias by supervisors, the over-collection of evidence and the inclusion of false or unverified information in search warrants.

Jordan appeared with Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the next chairman of the House Oversight Committee, as the two laid out the top priorities for investigation and oversight in the House when Republicans take over in January. Both made clear an early focus would be on the Biden family's international business dealings and how much the president participated in and benefitted from them."

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