Jim Jordan, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and an Ohio Republican, reportedly threatened to hold FBI Director Christopher Wray in contempt of Congress on Monday for what he called the organization’s “wholly inadequate” response to two subpoenas issued earlier this year.
“We write to notify you that if the FBI does not improve its compliance substantially, the Committee will take action — such as the initiation of content of Congress proceedings – to obtain compliance with these subpoenas,” Jordan wrote to Wray in a letter in which he demanded all requested materials from the FBI be turned over by July 25th.
Merrick Garland, the attorney general, and Miguel Cardona, the secretary of education, received subpoenas in February after writing a memo that complained of increased harassment of teachers.
Jordan has asserted in the past that the memo raises questions regarding First Amendment rights.
Jordan said that the committee only received 10 more pages of the previously requested materials before March 8 and that, rather than releasing the other 346 pages publicly, it allowed the FBI to study them in secret.
Later in April, Jordan issued a second subpoena to Wray in connection with claims that the FBI had become biased against Catholics after a memo from the Richmond, Virginia, field office, which has since been withdrawn, described an expanding overlap between white nationalist groups and “Radical Traditionalist Catholics.”