The likely next House Oversight chairman says investigating Mar-a-Lago documents will not be a priority

Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), who is expected to become chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee next year, said the panel would not prioritize the investigation of classified documents seized from the Mar-a- Lago of former President Trump. it instead looks at a number of other probes once the GOP has the majority.

“That won’t be a priority,” Comer told CNN in an interview, adding that the committee is “waiting to see what comes out of that.”

The House Oversight and Reform Committee, currently chaired by outgoing Representative Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.), has been investigating Trump’s mishandling of presidential data for several months. The investigation is separate from the Justice Department’s investigation into the matter, which made headlines in August when the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago.

Maloney sent a letter in September to acting National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) archivist Debra Steidel Wall urging the agency to try to obtain a “personal statement” from Trump that he has he had removed, has given up. of the White House. She also asked the group to conduct “an urgent review” of the recovered documents.

The letter came after reports emerged that Trump’s representatives may have misled investigators regarding his possession of classified documents, and after news emerged that empty folders for classified materials were found in his residence.

In August, Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee wrote a letter to Wall asking about its role in the FBI’s search for Mar-a-Lago.

Comer questioned whether he believes NARA when it says it doesn’t decide matters based on politics, telling CNN, “we’ll have to wait and see.”

“I know the day National Archives met Carolyn Maloney was the day they reached out to the DOJ about their concerns. So I don’t know,” Comer told the network. “I don’t get involved in much of the drama of the last administration.”

Comer, the current senior member of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, is expected to secure the chairmanship next year, when Republicans take control of the House. Republicans have vowed to conduct a number of surveys on a variety of topics in the majority.

The list of potential targets includes Hunter Biden – President Biden’s son – and the family’s business activities, alleged politicization at the Justice Department, the origins of COVID-19, last year’s messy withdrawal from Afghanistan, the increase in migrants in the south of the country. border and the policies of the Biden administration.

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