This assistant AG will square off in House GOP investigations
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This assistant AG will square off in House GOP investigations

Sarah D.Wire

Washington — Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte has spent months preparing to face off against House Republicans as they unleash a gantlet of congressional investigations into the Justice Department.

As the head of the Office of Legislative Affairs — the Justice Department’s liaison to Capitol Hill — Uriarte will be thrust into a high-stakes but largely behind-the-scenes role in coming months as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, leads a sweeping examination of the Justice Department and FBI.

Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legislative Affairs Carlos Uriarte.  The office acts as the ambassador between the department and Capitol Hill.

In readying for the challenge, Uriarte has studied congressional investigations in recent decades and quizzed his predecessors on what went right and wrong in their role as ambassador to Congress.

“Frankly, I think it makes the department better when Congress is effectively doing oversight of the department, and so my view is, I want to be as cooperative as we can with them. I want to find those areas where we can work with Congress , because I know that it makes the department better when we do that, (and) are transparent, but I also recognize that there’s some ways and times where we can’t do that,” Uriate, a Bay Area native, told the Los Angeles Times in an interview.

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