Questions develop over DOJ’s ‘different treatment’ of Biden and Trump in categorised docs probes
WASHINGTON – House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan blasted the Justice Department Wednesday after it reportedly allowed President Biden’s attorneys to look his Delaware properties for categorised paperwork with out FBI supervision — after not affording former President Donald Trump’s workforce the equivalent various in the course of the raid on his Mar-a-Lago property remaining August.
In an interview with Fox News, Jordan (R-Ohio) claimed whistleblowers had instructed him DOJ was doling out “different treatment under the law for different people, and that’s not supposed to be the way our justice system operates, and it’s not supposed to be operated on a political basis.”
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that in its place of dispatching federal brokers to conduct — and even monitor — the search of the 80-year-old president’s Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach residences, the DOJ requested Biden’s attorneys to tell them in the occasion that they found any delicate papers so laws enforcement would possibly take custody of them.
“The way they treated President Trump’s classified document issue and the way they’ve treated Joe Biden’s are entirely different,” Jordan instructed “The Story” host Martha MacCallum.
“They were offered a chance, DOJ was offered a chance, to accompany the lawyers. They said no,” he added. “But then after they lastly did go, after they found these paperwork, after they lastly did go get them, the White House counsel then goes with the Department of Justice officers.
“So they’ve done, it seems to me, everything backwards — or at least different — from what should have been done,” Jordan went on. “So we’re going to look at all this over the course of this Congress in the Judiciary Committee.”
By distinction, Trump’s attorneys weren’t allowed on Aug. 8 of remaining 12 months to assist and even watch FBI brokers bear the forty fifth president’s Palm Beach residence and office, the place larger than 150 categorised paperwork had been stashed away.
George Mason University forensic science professor Steven Burmeister, a former FBI agent, instructed The Post the excellence inside the coping with of the two circumstances “seems unusual” — considerably in consequence of the DOJ already knew Biden had beforehand saved secret and excessive secret paperwork in his former office at a Washington assume tank.
“If you want to do equity across the board, then if you’re gonna do it in one case, you have to do it in another case,” Burmeister acknowledged. “If I’m in a legal case, I would pull out all the precedents that happened in the past – that’s the way you did it before, why are you now doing something different?”
The Journal report acknowledged that the DOJ utilized a lightweight contact to the Biden doc search in consequence of the president’s non-public attorneys had been deemed to be cooperating with the investigation.
University of Alabama professor Luke Hunt, a former FBI explicit agent, instructed The Post the Justice Department couldn’t have had doable set off to think about a felony offense was devoted or nationwide security was threatened.
“The FBI’s mission is to protect the public and uphold the Constitution, which is typically accomplished through criminal and national security investigations involving federal law,” he acknowledged. “The unauthorized possession of classified material is obviously within the FBI’s purview, but their response will be constrained by the evidence they have.”
For occasion, Hunt acknowledged, if the DOJ believed Biden’s doc stash in his DC office was unintentional and there was no intent to cover or retain the material, “then the FBI would have less of an investigatory role.”
But Burmeister acknowledged that by allowing the president’s attorneys to conduct the Delaware searches — and doubtlessly disrupt the paperwork’ chain of custody — the Department might have undermined explicit counsel Robert Hur’s investigation.
“If the FBI is conducting a search of that residence, they’re the ones who would take custody of the evidence and maintain it all the way through the entire process,” he acknowledged. “The problem with any type of surrendering of information then, is the person who’s surrendering his hand picks what they want.”
A former Trump Justice Department official agreed, telling the Post that the selection “truly doesn’t help the credibility of the White House or DOJ.
“Biden pledged to keep politics out [of Justice Department investigations], but treating these situations differently does not help that.”