Republicans Sue DOJ in Biden Impeachment Inquiry

( – In 2023, the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed two Department of Justice (DOJ) tax division attorneys — Mark Daly and Jack Morgan. The congressional group believes that the lawyers have first-hand knowledge of whether Hunter Biden received special treatment during the tax investigation against him. However, they didn’t testify, and the committee chair recently turned to the court for help.

On March 21, the House committee filed a lawsuit with the DC District Court against Daly and Morgan. The legal action asked the court to compel the pair to testify immediately and declare that the DOJ’s reasoning for excusing them from appearing “lack[ed] legal justification.”

The Justice Department said the subpoenas were not valid “under House Rules,” which reportedly state that agency counsel cannot appear. According to the suit, the DOJ said the demand testimony from Daly and Morgan regarding their “official duties without agency counsel present” is not only “unenforceable” but also “unconstitutional.”

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan (R-OH) recently wrote a letter to US Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the matter. The missive was in response to a previous letter from the DOJ regarding testimony from current and former department employees. The legislator said the committee was “disappointed” that the DOJ directed Daly and Morgan to disregard their respective subpoenas.

The recent lawsuit noted that the attorneys’ testimony in front of the committee was “urgent,” stating the tax division employees’ noncompliance is “hinder[ing] its investigation.” IRS whistleblowers Joseph Ziegler and Gary Shapley already told the committee that Daly and Morgan were both in a meeting with Special Counsel David Weiss in 2022. That meeting was allegedly when the DOJ Tax Division recommended against charging Hunter Biden with a crime.

DOJ Assistant Attorney General Carlos Felipe Uriarte stated in his February letter that the department had “already taken extraordinary steps” to supply the committee with the information it needed.

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