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White House pledges to work in ‘good faith’ with GOP as it investigates DOJ targeting of parents

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is seeking more information about DOJ's effort to target parents at school board meetings.

FIRST ON FOX: The White House says it will work cooperatively and in “good faith” with the House Judiciary Committee under Chairman Jim Jordan’s leadership as the panel investigates the Biden administration’s “misuse of federal criminal and counterterrorism resources” to “target” parents at school board meetings.

However, in a letter to Jordan, counsel to the president Stuart Delery reiterated President Biden’s commitment to ensuring teachers can do their jobs “free from violence, threats, and intimidation.”

Delery’s letter is a response to Jordan’s letter to White House chief of staff Ron Klain last week. In that letter, Jordan said the White House has been stonewalling committee Republicans’ requests for information about the Justice Department’s monitoring of parents at school board meetings.

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Delery’s letter began by congratulating Jordan on his new role as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and stressing that the Biden administration “seeks to work cooperatively with Congress.”

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, is seeking more information about DOJ’s effort to target parents at school board meetings.
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“To that end, we are reviewing your recent letter and enclosures with the goal of seeking to accommodate legitimate oversight interests within the Committee’s jurisdiction while also respecting the separation of powers and the constitutional and statutory obligations of the Executive Branch generally and the White House in particular,” he wrote.

“We look forward to engaging with you and your staff in good faith in the constitutionally mandated accommodation process,” Delery wrote, adding that the White House has been “preparing to respond” to Jordan’s requests. “White House staff will reach out to Committee staff to arrange a time to discuss this matter.” 

“President Biden is committed to ensuring that teachers and other public servants can do their jobs free from violence, threats, and intimidation, while also vigorously protecting the First Amendment rights of all Americans,” Delery wrote. “We look forward to working with your Committee and others in Congress in service of these critical goals.”

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