(RepublicanJournal.org) – Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who serves as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has given FBI Director Michael Wray until noon on July 25 to comply thoroughly with two subpoenas the FBI received months ago. The July 17 letter threatens to hold Wray in contempt of Congress should he fail to meet its new demands.
In the letter, Jordan states that the committee issued its first subpoena on February 3, after Wray ignored requests for documents on investigations the FBI had made into reported school board-related threats. The bureau initially responded by sending four pages of documents, all heavily redacted, later adding 10 more pages and offering to allow the committee access to “in-camera” images of an additional 346.
House Republicans made multiple attempts at gaining more complete file access, even placing telephone calls in their effort to gather more information. Still unsatisfied with the response, the committee asked Acting Assistant Director of Congressional Affairs Christopher Dunham to testify on the matter on March 29, 2023 — but his testimony didn’t provide any additional answers.
More files trickled in, but they were also so heavily redacted that the committee found much of the text unusable. Also missing was the privilege log, which would have provided at least some context to the blacked-out materials.
The committee issued its second subpoenaon April 10, this one regarding a memorandum the FBI’s Richmond Field Office sent out on January 23. The requests came in response to allegations the FBI was investigating Catholic Americans as potential extremists, possibly even deploying agents in outreach positions to spy on both clergy and parishioners. The House Judiciary Committees say the move specifically targets a religious group, making it a direct violation of the First Amendment. Again, the bureau offered up minimal files and withheld vital information via heavy use of redactions. Follow-ups for documents that might have filled in the information gaps have, so far, gone nowhere.
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