DOJ Starts Sharing Classified Documents With Gang of Eight

Classified Documents Finally Handed Over to Gang of Eight

( – After months of requests from lawmakers who are in the Gang of Eight, which conducts oversight, the Department of Justice finally began allowing access to the classified documents that were turned over by former President Donald Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, and President Joe Biden. The Department of Justice has been accused of trying to prevent Congress from seeing the classified documents that were discovered in President Biden’s home.

The Gang of Eight includes the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, Ranking Member Jim Himes, D-Conn., Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Mike Warner, D-Va., Ranking Member Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., as well as House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, R-Louisiana, House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Former Vice President Mike Pence directed his team to check through the records he retained after classified documents were discovered at the residences of former President Trump and President Biden. After discovering a few boxes that contained classified documents, his team scheduled a search of his residence with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to ensure that no additional documents remained, with the FBI finding one additional document with classified markings. United States Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a Special Counsel to investigate former President Trump’s classified document handling in November 2022, and then shortly appointed another Special Counsel to investigate President Biden’s handling of classified documents in January 2023.

The Gang of Eight initially received a classified briefing over the documents, but some felt they were not given enough information, prompting Democrats and Republicans to push for access to the documents. Senator Rubio fired a warning shot to the DOJ during the first week of April 2023, threatening funding to the department if they did not cooperate.

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