House Judiciary Committee to investigate FBI's 'manipulated' evidence in Trump classified docs case

Jim Jordan characterized the manipulation of the evidence by the FBI as "witness tampering."


House Republicans are launching an investigation into the handling of classified documents found in Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence after it was revealed that the evidence was tampered with.

Special Counsel Jack Smith's prosecution team recently admitted that the government mishandled the classified documents discovered in Trump's home that are to be used as evidence in the former president’s case.  

Initially, Smith's team claimed that the evidence remained in its original condition following the FBI raid on Trump's residence in August 2022. However, prosecutors later admitted that the evidence had been altered, with the documents not matching their original order.  

In response to this, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan has expressed "grave concerns" about the Department of Justice's “commitment to impartial judgment.” 

In a letter to the DOJ obtained by the Daily Mail, Jordan characterized the manipulation of the evidence by the FBI of amounting to "witness tampering." Additionally, Jordan's letter revealed allegations that a member of Smith's prosecution team improperly suggested favorable treatment for Trump aide Walt Nauta's lawyers in exchange for cooperation with federal officials. 

“The admission, unfortunately, reflects a broader trend of attorneys for Special Counsel Jack Smith's team violating ethical norms in persecution of President Trump,” claimed Jordan. 

“Given these highly concerning disclosures about the serious ethical lapses in Special Counsel Smith's prosecution, the Committee requests that OPR brief the Committee about what steps you are taking to investigate Jack Smith... to determine whether disciplinary actions are appropriate,” he continued. 

Jordan has requested documents and communications related to any potential ethics investigation into Smith, as well as clarification on why the boxes of documents used as evidence were manipulated. 

Trump's trial for the classified documents case was initially scheduled to begin on May 20. However, given these recent developments, the date is likely to be postponed, and the judge has yet to issue a new trial date. 

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