Jordan Pursues Interview with Lead Prosecutor in Trump Mar-a-Lago Case

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( – On Thursday, Chair of the House Judiciary Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), sent a letter to a top attorney on Special Counsel Jack Smith’s team on the Mar-a-Lago case, requesting he sit for an interview with the Committee.  

The request to Jay Bratt comes as Republicans have escalated their investigation into those prosecuting former President Donald Trump.  

In the letter, Jordan accuses Bratt of impropriety because he has taken meetings at the White House.  

The inquiry is based on one of the GOP’s favored claims: that under Biden, the White House and those prosecuting Trump have coordinated their efforts.  

Jordan’s letter focuses on three meetings Bratt took at the White House since Biden took office, which he indicates “raises… a perception” of impropriety.  

The first two of these three meetings were in 2021 before the National Archives approached the Department of Justice in February 2022 about the problems it was having recovering the classified documents from Trump’s time in office.  

The third meeting in March 2023, was related to the Mar-a-Lago probe. Bratt met with a career White House staffer who served under Biden and Trump to discuss moving the boxes.  

These interviews have raised Jordan and the GOP’s suspicions, prompting questions about the subject of the meetings that have been aimed at Attorney General Merrick Garland and White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients.  

In Thursday’s letter, Jordan wrote to Bratt directly — after previously reaching out to Smith’s team to request they overturn their records into the Trump probe — asking him to cooperate with the Committee voluntarily.

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