House Judiciary Committee Demands Answers Over Mar-A-Lago Evidence Inconsistencies

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) is demanding answers from the Justice Department after special counsel Jack Smith admitted in a court filing that the order of items within some boxes of evidence seized from former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence is not consistent with the associated scans. Jordan has launched an investigation into potential evidence manipulation in the classified records case against Trump.

In a letter to the Office of Professional Responsibility Jordan expressed concerns about the Justice Department’s impartiality and whether Smith’s team misled a federal court. He is calling on the office to hold accountable attorneys who may have violated professional standards.

Jordan has given the Justice Department a deadline of May 20 to produce all documents and records related to any allegations of ethical impropriety regarding Smith or other attorneys assigned to the special counsel’s office. He is also demanding all documents and records related to the alleged manipulation of documents seized from Mar-a-Lago in August 2022.

The inconsistencies in the evidence boxes came to light after Trump’s co-defendants requested a delay as lawyers were having trouble determining the origin of some documents.

The FBI seized 33 boxes of documents from Mar-a-Lago leading to charges against Trump including allegedly violating the Espionage Act making false statements to investigators and conspiracy to obstruct justice. Trump has pleaded not guilty to the charges calling the case a “scam.”