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Jim Jordan presses AG Garland for details of special counsel probe into Trump

Trump himself has called the investigation a "witch hunt."

Published: June 6, 2023 4:02pm

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday seeking information on the scope of special counsel Jack Smith's investigation into former President Donald Trump.

Garland appointed Smith to handle the Justice Department's investigation into Trump after the former president announced his candidacy for president in 2024 last November. Smith has remained relatively quiet since that appointment, though reports have indicated he is wrapping up his investigation.

"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 wrote. He further set a deadline of June 20.

Smith's appointment followed an FBI raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in August of last year in which the bureau sought classified materials the former president may have taken from the White House.

Prior to the raid, Trump voluntarily complied with a grand jury subpoena and surrendered documents to the bureau. The FBI and the DOJ have faced intense criticism for their handling of the matter as well as accusations of political bias.

Exacerbating those concerns is a report from special counsel John Durham, who confirmed that the FBI opened its initial investigation into the 2016 Trump campaign without any predicating evidence. Moreover, numerous whistleblowers have come forward alleging political bias within the bureau and the DOJ, some of whom claim they have faced retaliation for doing so.

Trump himself has called the investigation a "witch hunt."

 Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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