GOP Demands Answers Immediately From Biden’s HHS Secretary

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( – Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio the chair of the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Xavier Becerra, the Health and Human Services Secretary on Tuesday to receive access to the files of cases relating to unaccompanied minors who after entering the United States have been charged with having committed violent crimes. 

Jordan has been trying to get access to the files since June, however, they argued that the response from the department has been “inadequate.” The crimes that the immigrant immigrants have been charged with include murder, assault, and theft. 

On Tuesday in the letter, Jordan argued that the HHS had originally claimed that the reason they could not provide access to these documents was because of the privacy interests of those that were charged in the case. He further asserted that the Committee had lacked any legitimate oversight purpose to receive access to those files. 

The two continued to be fighting over the documents until November when the department offered to give the panel members access to review the documents on camera. However, the panel had to agree to not photograph or record any of the material and were given three notices prior to the release of the information. 

The committee had objected to these terms pointing out that none of the information in question was restricted or classified. 

Jordan in his letter pointed out that it was unacceptable for the HHS to attempt to dictate how Congress could lawfully use material that might play a role in possible legislative reforms. 

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