The House Judiciary Committee announced Friday that it has opened an investigation into classified Obama-era documents found at President Joe Biden’s home in Delaware and his former office in Washington.

The panel, now headed by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding all documents and communications between the Department of Justice, the FBI, and the White House regarding the discovery, as well as information about Garland. . appointment of Robert Hur as special counsel overseeing the case.

The White House acknowledged Thursday that classified documents dating to Biden’s time as vice president were discovered in his garage in Delaware. This came after the administration confirmed Monday that other documents had been found in a locked cabinet in an office Biden had used in Washington.

The office documents were found on November 2, the president’s lawyer Richard Sauber said in his statement Monday following a CBS News report that classified documents had been discovered there.

Garland said Thursday that the garage documents were discovered on December 20 and that Biden’s personal attorney told the Justice Department earlier that day that another document had been found at Biden’s Wilmington home. This acknowledgment came a day after NBC News reported that additional documents had been found at a second location.

In a joint letter to Garland on Friday, Jordan and Rep. Mike Johnson, R-Los Angeles, questioned whether the Justice Department «actively concealed» the November discovery from the public «on the eve of the 2022 election,» even though the Justice Department of Justice normally does not. announce when open reviews.

The letter also falsely claims that the DOJ’s «actions here appear to be in departure from how it acted in similar circumstances» because Garland approved a search warrant for government documents at the Florida home of former President Donald Trump in August of last year «to despite publicly available evidence that the President Trump’s voluntary cooperation.»

The letter fails to mention that the Department of Justice had been investigating Trump’s case out of public view for several months prior to the execution of the search warrant, and that Trump had failed to turn over documents with classification marks that had been subpoenaed. by the Department of Justice. .

In both cases, Garland did not speak publicly about the investigations until the president and former president went public with their interactions with the Justice Department.

Jordan and Johnson also renewed a request for information about the Trump investigation they made last year, when the committee was controlled by Democrats.

«On August 15, 2022, Republicans on the Committee wrote to you and FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting documents and information related to the FBI raid on President Trump’s residence. The Department and the FBI have not complied enough with this application. Our applications are still pending.» the letter said.

He asks Garland to respond to all requests from the committee by January 27.

The Justice Department confirmed receipt of the letter but declined a request for comment.