House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday, demanding an "unredacted copy" of the Justice Department appointment memoradum authorizing special counsel Jack Smith's investigations of former President Donald Trump.
Smith is overseeing two investigations that touch on the former president: the ongoing federal probe into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and the unauthorized retention of classified documents at Trump's Mar-a-Lago country club, which sources say is wrapping up with a charging decision imminent.
"The Committee on the Judiciary has jurisdiction to oversee the activities of the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation," the letter concluded.
This comes after Jordan, who has been trying to investigate every law enforcement action that touches Trump, sent another letter to Garland last week, demanding specific details of Smith's investigation.
Jordan has similarly targeted Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who recently indicted Trump on charges of business fraud stemming from his allegedly falsified $130,000 hush payment to adult film star Stormy Daniels. Jordan has claimed he has jurisdiction over that probe because of a few thousand dollars worth of congressional grants that went to Bragg's office. Bragg responded by suing to quash his subpoena, arguing an improper attempt to intimidate his office. Jordan and Bragg ultimately came to an agreement on the scope of the House's investigation.
Earlier this week, lawyers representing Trump met with Smith, a sign that the investigation is nearing its conclusion and that charges for the former president are on the table.