The Biden administration has run amok in Washington, D.C. But they went way too far.
Because the DOJ just sent a letter to Congress that means martial law for America.
Recently, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives ordered subpoenas for agents in the FBI who may be involved in the ongoing investigations being conducted by the U.S. House related to Hunter Biden.
Four FBI and IRS investigators working on the president’s son Hunter Biden’s tax offenses case received subpoenas from House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R-Mo.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).
The four officials, according to Jordan and Smith, were either present at or had firsthand knowledge of a meeting on October 7, 2022, that was emphasized by an IRS whistleblower who had previously testified before Congress that the investigation was being handled slowly.
But now it appears that the Biden administration’s Department of Justice is stepping in to prevent the FBI agents from appearing for the subpoenas that were submitted by the House Republicans.
According to an exclusive Washington Examiner article, the Department of Justice at the leadership of Attorney General Merrick Garland sent a letter to Congress saying that the FBI agents would not be allowed to appear because they may offer information to Congress that involves an ongoing investigation.
The letter reads:
The subpoenas issued by the Committee prohibit the attendance of agency counsel at appearances by two FBI employees where the Committee has indicated it will ask questions regarding information they learned within the scope of their official duties, including regarding the ongoing criminal investigation.
The DOJ argues that Jim Jordan and the rest of the House Representatives do not have the legal authority to subpoena the two FBI agents in question and have no authority to enforce it.
The letter, penned by the DOJ assistant attorney general Carlos Uriarte, also added that he believes that Jordan submitting the subpoenas was “premature” because the DOJ had already offered to work with Jordan on this matter.
Jordan’s deposition rule is consistent with House regulations, which forbid agency lawyers from testifying in depositions. However, the DOJ and the committee could agree to make Sobocinski and Holley appear voluntarily alongside DOJ attorneys as opposed to testifying in a deposition.
Uriarte suggested that talks could perhaps succeed. He also repeatedly warned that the DOJ’s Biden investigation, headed by recently appointed special counsel David Weiss, was still under way and that information flow would be restricted during that process, while remaining respectful of the committee’s oversight authority in the letter.
Worries about offering nonpublic information regarding an active investigation “are heightened while a matter is open and investigative steps, prosecutorial decisions, or judicial proceedings are ongoing. As Mr. Weiss and his office have repeatedly stated, his investigation remains ongoing,” Uriarte wrote.
Though, now this raises a serious constitutional question about checks and balances and what Congress is actually allowed to do when they believe that the executive branch is potentially in violation of the law.
Congress has the authority of oversight according to Article 1 of the U.S. Constitution, so it is clearly laid out plain and clear. But the Biden DOJ is effectively arguing that Congress can’t actually enforce it.
The only problem with that is that they are arguing the Representatives in the House lack authority because they are claiming they actually have the authority at the end of the day.
So whether or not oversight is carried out is something that the DOJ concerns itself with, rather than the elected members of Congress.
This is a whole new level of deep state shadiness. The Biden administration is doing everything it can to abuse the executive branch’s powers to prevent cooperating with investigations being conducted by House legislators.
It sounds like we’re only one step away from the President being able to declare total control over the rule of law.
Stay tuned to the DC Daily Journal.