Jim Jordan, the chairman of the House Weaponization Select Subcommittee, has launched an oversight investigation into U.S. intelligence agencies, alleging their obstruction of a 2020 Senate inquiry into the Biden family as reported in an article by the Conservative Brief on Tuesday, November 28, 2023.
The investigation, led by Senators Ron Johnson and Chuck Grassley, focused on claims of influence peddling involving President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
In August 2020, two FBI officials provided the senators with a “defensive” briefing, characterizing the claims as misinformation from Russia.
Jordan, in a letter to National Intelligence Director Avril Haines, asserts that the U.S. Intelligence Community falsely accused the senators of advancing Russian disinformation.
He has requested all drafts of the briefing script and information related to the so-called ‘defensive’ briefing, claiming that it impeded the senators’ investigation and was later leaked, hindering their efforts.
The briefing, as outlined by Grassley and Johnson, largely contained information already known to the senators and unrelated to their Biden investigation
The Republican senators criticized the FBI briefing, stating that it provided a platform for Democrats and the liberal media to propagate a false narrative about Russian disinformation.
In August 2022, following the publication of evidence of Biden family influence peddling by the New York Post, 51 former intelligence officials signed an open letter characterizing the information as the result of Russian disinformation.
Haines has been requested to provide the briefing script and associated materials by November 15.
Additionally, Jim Jordan has announced an investigation into reports that the Justice Department spied on members of Congress and their staff.
Expressing concerns about the extent of the alleged spying, Jordan highlighted the case of the spying on one of Sen. Grassley’s staff members.
President Joe Biden listens during a news conference with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the 10th North American Leaders’ Summit at the National Palace in Mexico City, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. | Andrew Harnik, AP
Letters were sent to CEOs of major tech companies and Attorney General Merrick Garland, requesting information about the alleged attempts by the Justice Department to obtain private communications of members of Congress and their staff.
The letters argue that the Justice Department’s efforts to obtain private communications of congressional staffers conducting oversight are unacceptable and violate separation of powers principles.
They claim that the DOJ issued subpoenas to congressional staffers looking into the Crossfire Hurricane operation to obtain emails and records.
The letters suggest that these actions indicate the Justice Department weaponized its law enforcement authority to spy on entities seeking to hold it accountable.
The broader context of these investigations underscores a heightened scrutiny of intelligence agencies and the Justice Department, with accusations of interference and obstruction of congressional oversight efforts.
As these inquiries unfold, they raise important questions about the balance between government transparency and national security concerns, prompting a closer examination of the relationship between intelligence agencies and the legislative branch.