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House GOP responds to Trump indictment with renewed FBI scrutiny

Jun 14, 2023Jun 14, 2023

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images.

The Republican-led House Judiciary Committee on Friday doubled down on its request for the Justice Department to provide documents about the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lag0 last year.

Why it matters: The request came as a judge unsealed a 37-count federal indictment of former President Trump over his alleged mishandling of classified documents at his Florida resort.

Driving the news: Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the committee's chair and one of Trump's most ardent defenders in Congress, wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland to "renew and supplement our request for documents" related to the search.

The 49-page indictment includes 37 felony counts related to Trump's handling of classified documents after leaving office.

The intrigue: The Jordan letter includes excerpts from a transcribed Judiciary Committee interview with Steven D'Antuano, the assistant director of the Washington Field Office, that took place on Wednesday.

The other side: The Democrats on the committee released their own excerpts of D'Antuano's testimony.

What we're watching: For the moment, Jordan appears to be holding off on targeting the Justice Department at the same scale of his investigation into Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

Why it matters: Driving the news: The 49-page indictment The intrigue: The other side: What we're watching: