FBI Director Threatened With Legal Charges

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(TheRedWire.com) – On Monday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), the House Judiciary Committee Chairman, threatened that FBI Director Christopher Wray would be held in contempt of Congress, as the FBI had inadequately complied with the subpoenas sent to them earlier that year.

In a letter to Wray, Jordan noted that they were notifying him that should the FBI not better their compliance, then the Committee would be forced to take action and start the procedure for them to be held in contempt of Congress. In the letter, Jordan sets the deadline for the FBI to give them the documents requested previously as July 25 at noon.

The chairman has argued that this latest letter was sent only after they provided many accommodations to the agency and repeatedly attempted to negotiate and collaborate with the FBI.

The first subpoenas were issued by the committee in February. They were sent along with those sent to Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and Attorney General Merrick Garland in response to a memo from Garland. The message led to concerns about First Amendment Rights as it spoke about the increase in harassment faced by school administrators, teachers, and other school board members. Jordan has claimed that the memo led to concerns about parents being targeted for speaking up about their children’s education.

Jordan claimed that the FBI had not complied with the requests voluntarily, as they only handed over four redacted pages from the document before the March 1 deadline. By March 8, they had received another ten pages but were not given access to the other 346 pages.

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