Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is the new House Judiciary Committee Chairman and is calling out the White House for not responding to their request for outstanding documents and information.  He warned that the Biden administration’s non-compliance is no longer a viable option for dealing with Congress and subpoenas may follow.

According to a letter addressed to FBI Director Christopher Wray, “This stonewalling must stop,” said Jordan.

In a letter written on Jan. 17, Jordan informed them of “the final time” his requests would be ignored and “the Committee is prepared to resort to compulsory process, if necessary, to obtain this material.”

These letters were also sent to the White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain, Attorney General Merrick Garland; Department of Homeland Security Secretary; Department of Education Secretary; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Director; and the Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator. The Judiciary Committee has many outstanding requests from all of these government agencies and asked officials to “immediately comply in full.”

The Judiciary Committee reiterated, “For two years, the Biden Administration has stonewalled Congress, refused to comply with basic document requests, and avoided transparency and accountability for its failures. 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.”

In the letter sent to the White House Chief of Staff, it references out of line behavior and refusals of oversight. In a leaked letter obtained by Politico, the Special Counsel to the President, Richard Sauber, wrote to Jordan openly refusing to hand over documents and information.

The letter to Klain clearly addressed the stonewalling tactics and refusals. “To date, you have not complied with our long-outstanding requests for information and documents. Instead, the Biden White House provided a perfunctory letter that discounted Congress’s constitutional oversight authorities, failed to produce any documents or information requested, and declined to address any matters of substance. The White House leaked this letter to the media, and briefed at least one reporter on it, before transmitting the letter to the Committee at 4:34 a.m.—severely undercutting the White House’s purported commitment to working with us in ‘good faith.”

“The White House has sought to excuse its noncompliance with our requests by asserting that the requests ‘were not made as part of the congressional oversight process to which the constitutional accommodation obligations apply.’ Setting aside the constitutional and legal fallacies inherent in the White House’s argument, nothing in federal law prevented the White House from voluntarily complying with our requests. In addition, to the extent the White House believed it was bound only to comply with requests from committee chairmen, the White House has had notice since at least November 16, 2022, that a returning Republican Member would lead the Judiciary Committee in the 118th Congress and has taken no steps to comply with our outstanding requests in that time. In fact, as of today, we have seen no evidence that the White House has taken any steps to comply with our requests.”

Jordan is tired of waiting on the Biden Administration and wants them to play ball or the subpoenas will be forthcoming.