House Passes Resolution Directing the Department of Justice to Turn over Documents
Resolution Gives Department of Justice Seven Days to Comply
Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed H. Res. 970, a resolution from Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), and 18 other co-sponsors expressing the sense of Congress that the Department of Justice must turn over all remaining relevant documents owed to Congressional investigators within 7 days. The resolution draws a line in the sand for the DOJ to comply with the requests, including subpoenas issued by the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and the Committee on the Judiciary, relating to potential violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by the Department of Justice, among other matters.
Rep. Jim Jordan released the following statement:
“This is a loud and clear message from Congress: it is time for the Department of Justice to be forthcoming and tell the truth to the American people. For over 8 months, they have had the opportunity to choose transparency—but they’ve instead chosen to withhold information and impede any effort of Congress to conduct oversight. If Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice have nothing to hide, they certainly haven’t acted like it.
I want to thank my colleague, Jim Jordan, for his leadership, and so many other colleagues for their support. One way or the other, Americans will find out what truly occurred at their Department of Justice on their taxpayer dime."
“The American people – not just Members of Congress – demand answers to the lingering questions that still surround the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) actions during and after the 2016 presidential election. This resolution is a clear message to the DOJ that the U.S. House of Representatives is determined to see that these documents are provided immediately. Even a single page from these missing documents could be critical to the ongoing Congressional investigation and should also be taken as a signal that all options within our Constitutional purview are on the table. Simply put, the House will go to whatever lengths required to bring the truth to light.”
Rep. Lee Zeldin (NY-01):
“I thank my colleagues Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows for their leadership on this important issue. I do not subscribe to the pledge of those in Congress and our great country who insist on resisting, opposing, obstructing and impeaching this President on anything and everything. That is not the best path forward for America. My priority is upholding my oath to my constituents and my country, and it’s one I take seriously. This is about justice, transparency and accountability.”
“The Department of Justice must comply with Congressional subpoenas as we conduct our oversight. These Constitutional checks and balances have a purpose - for over 200 years. The American People deserve to know what our government is doing behind closed doors. We must be transparent.”