U.S. Representative Jim Jordan, Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is being wildly mocked on social media after claiming on Twitter that the Department of Justice is “scared” of GOP investigations for refusing to share information about ongoing criminal probes into Donald Trump and the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Jordan last week sent new letters to several Biden administration officials, including Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray reiterating his oversight requests and demands for documents relevant to the Judiciary Committee’s investigations.
“The Administration’s stonewalling must stop,” Jordan wrote, underscoring his plans to aggressively press top Biden officials even as the committee’s probes remain in their infancy. “House Judiciary Republicans are committed to holding each agency accountable under the new majority and will use compulsory processes, if necessary, to get answers for the American people,” he added.
In response, the DOJ sent a letter to Jordan stating: “Any oversight requests must be weighed against the department’s interests in protecting the integrity of its work. The Department’s mission to independently and impartially uphold the rule of law requires us to maintain the integrity of our investigations, prosecutions, and civil actions, and to avoid even a perception that our efforts are influenced by anything but the law and the facts.”
The letter served as an early sign of the hurdles Jordan is likely to face, particularly as he tries to investigate the Justice Department and the FBI.
Republicans on the Jordan-led House Judiciary Committee promptly responded to the letter, tweeting Friday afternoon: “Why’s DOJ scared to cooperate with our investigations?”
As expected, users wasted no time mocking the Ohio Republican, reminding him that he may be “under investigation” over his role in the Jan 6 insurrection and “cover-up” of sexual assault.
Check some of the responses below:
Why’s DOJ scared to cooperate with our investigations?
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) January 20, 2023
Bc they're investigating you?
— Rachel Bitecofer 📈🔭🇺🇲🇺🇦 (@RachelBitecofer) January 21, 2023
Ask your leader of the House why he refused to comply with subpoenas. Rich coming from you guys!
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) January 20, 2023
The DOJ isn't obligated to cooperate with insurrectionist traitor trash.
— Gailen David (@gailendavid) January 21, 2023
Says the party that ignored Subpoenas from another congressional committee.
— Jamie Carter (@JCTheResistance) January 20, 2023
This is the stupidest thing on the internet today. Tell your mom!
— Tim Bousquet (@Tim_Bousquet) January 21, 2023
Face it rubes, no one is scared of you. If you’re under investigation, you will know it when you get the subpoena. Now go sit in your fake little committee and spin. Justice is coming.
— catlover (@catlove71040608) January 21, 2023
— Lawyers, Guns and Money (@LawyersAnd) January 21, 2023
Because it will be a clown show. Everyone knows it.
— ❤️🧡💛ᗰia💚💙💜 (@mommamia1217) January 21, 2023
Well Gym, The DOJ is not afraid of the likes of you, rather it is protocol not to share on going investigations with congress. Stomp your feet if you must.
— Helen (@Helen91064703) January 21, 2023
Because you’re the ones being investigated Einstein!
— GRAB 'EM @ THE POLLS (@ID_Resistance) January 20, 2023