Justice Department denies Jim Jordan’s ‘conspiracy’ that he interfered in Donald Trump affair in New York

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday refuted what it called “conspiratorial speculation” by U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan over his claims that the department was involved in the New York District Attorney’s prosecution against former President Donald Trump. .

A letter to Jordan from Deputy U.S. Attorney General Carlos Felipe Uriarte says the Justice Department conducted an extensive search of its email system, which shows its leaders failed to communicate with the New York District Attorney’s Office regarding the prosecution of Trump.

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The department sought email communications with the district attorney’s office from the date President Joe Biden was sworn in to the day Trump was convicted of 34 criminal charges related to secret payments to the star Stormy Daniels porn.

Uriarte’s letter said that Matthew Colangelo, a former Justice Department official who later worked on the Trump case in the New York district attorney’s office, had no email communication with the prosecutor when He was at the Department of Justice. The letter also said it found no emails between Justice Department officials, including political appointees, and the district attorney’s office regarding an investigation or prosecution of Trump.

“The Department generally does not make significant efforts to refute conspiratorial speculation, particularly to avoid the risk of lending credibility to it,” the letter said. “However, consistent with the Attorney General’s commitment to transparency, the Department has taken extraordinary steps to confirm what was already clear: these false claims have no basis.”

Jordan, a Champaign County Republican and close Trump ally, has repeatedly claimed that the prosecution of Trump in New York is an example of “militarization of government,” and several current criminal cases against Trump have been coordinated.

“Justice is no longer blind in America,” Jordan said at a Judiciary Committee hearing he chairs last week with Attorney General Merrick Garland. “Today it is a political question. The number one example is President Trump.

The letter reiterated Garland’s insistence during the hearing that there was no coordination between New York prosecutors and the Justice Department.

“The District Attorney’s Office is a separate entity from the department,” the letter states. “The department does not supervise the work of the district attorney’s office, approve its charging decisions, or try its cases. The department has no control over the district attorney, just as the district attorney has no control over the department. The Committee knows this.

Sabrina Eaton writes about the federal government and politics in Washington, D.C., for cleveland.com and The Plain Dealer.