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Heritage Foundation director predicts appointed special counsel will limit access to investigation

'Expect the DOJ through the special counsel to deny congressional requests,' Mike Howell said.

Published: January 12, 2023 7:34pm

Updated: January 12, 2023 9:30pm

The special counsel appointed by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday is only there as a way to manage the flow of information regarding the investigation, in the opinion of Mike Howell, the Director of the Heritage Foundation's Oversight Project. 

Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel Thursday to investigate the classified documents found in multiple locations linked to President Joe Biden from his time as vice president.

"They appointed a special counsel in part because it is a way to limit access to information regarding the investigation," Howell said on Thursday's edition of the "Just the News, No Noise" TV show. "So expect the DOJ through the special counsel to deny congressional requests."

Biden's former office at the Penn Biden Center in Washington was "not authorized for storage of classified documents," Garland said. "The prosecutor had also been advised that those documents had been secured in an archives facility."

"The criminal issue as to the handling of the classified information is a separate and distinct issue from the political decision to suppress and withhold this information prior to the election," Howell stated. 

Howell proceeded to call out the rampant politicization of federal agencies that he says needs to stop. 

"The abuse and politicization and weaponization borders on criminal potential activity and misuse of resources," he stated. "This is very serious business."

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