House Republicans push for Biden’s Wilmington residence visitor log amid classified documents case: ‘It is troubling’
House Republicans are calling on the White House to hand over the visitor log for President Biden’s Wilmington residence after more classified documents from his time as vice president were found over the weekend.
The GOP chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability is also pushing the White House for records and communications about all of the properties and locations searched, including the identities of the Biden aides conducting the searches.
This comes in the wake of the White House on Saturday announcing that five more pages of classified documents had been found at Biden’s Delaware residence — bringing the total to about 20 classified documents found there and in Biden’s former office at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C.
Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate. Now, House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Chairman James Comer wants information about the searches for the documents.
“It is troubling that classified documents have been improperly stored at the home of President Biden for at least six years, raising questions about who may have reviewed or had access to classified information,” Comer wrote in a Sunday letter to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain.
“Given the serious national security implications, the White House must provide the Wilmington residence’s visitor log,” Comer wrote, later adding, “President Biden’s mishandling of classified materials raises the issue of whether he has jeopardized our national security. Without a list of individuals who have visited his residence, the American people will never know who had access to these highly sensitive documents.”
A White House lawyer discovered the five additional pages of documents on the same day that the special counsel was appointed, Comer noted.
“That would essentially be a crime scene, so to speak, after the appointment of a special counsel,” Comer said on CNN’s “State of the Union. “We have a lot of questions for the National Archives. We have a lot of questions for the Department of Justice. And hopefully we’ll be getting some answers very soon.”
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump is under federal investigation after more than 300 classified documents were found at Mar-a-Lago. The FBI searched Trump’s Florida property following his refusal to turn over the documents.
Comer was asked whether the committee will investigate Trump as well.
“With respect to investigating President Trump, there have been so many investigations of President Trump, I don’t feel like we need to spend a whole lot of time investigating President Trump because the Democrats have done that for the past six years,” Comer responded.
“So, no one’s been investigated more than Donald Trump,” he added. “Who hasn’t been investigated is Joe Biden. And that’s why we’re finally launching an investigation of Joe Biden, the House Oversight Committee, one investigation, and I hope to have it wrapped up as soon as possible.”
Congressman Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, noted that Biden’s lawyers promptly turned over the documents, unlike Trump.
“He (Trump) was fighting for a period of more than eight months to not turn over hundreds of missing documents that the Archives was asking about,” Raskin said. “He defied a government subpoena, and they ended up having to go to court to get a court-issued subpoena to go and search Mar-a-Lago. So that’s just a completely different posture.”
Herald wire services were used in this report.
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