In the wake of other papers being discovered at President Joe Biden’s Delaware home, newly empowered House Republicans asked that the White House turn over all information linked to its searches that have turned up secret documents at his house and previous workplace.
Rep. James Comer, head of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, stated, “We have many questions.
The president’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware, visitation records from January 20, 2021, until the present, and all documents and emails relating to the searches by the Biden team, according to Comer, a Republican from Kentucky.
According to him, the goal is to find out who might have had access to sensitive information and how the documents got there.
On Saturday, the White House announced that it had found five more pages of classified paperwork at Biden’s house the same day a special counsel was hired to look into the situation.
Comer demanded that the White House turn over all pertinent information, including visitor logs, by the end of the month.
Comer criticized the searches conducted by Biden representatives while the Justice Department was starting its investigation.
Comer also claimed that Biden’s “mishandling of classified materials raises the issue of whether he has jeopardized our national security.”
Despite acknowledging that it was unclear whether any laws had been committed, Comer referred to Biden’s home as a “crime scene” when appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
I mean, that would essentially be a crime scene, so to speak, Comer said. “My concern is that the special counsel was called for, but hours after that, we still had the president’s attorneys, who have no security clearance, still rummaging around the president’s residence, looking for things.”
On Friday, the House Judiciary Committee demanded information from Attorney General Merrick Garland regarding the discovery of papers and Garland’s selection of Richard Hur as special counsel to lead the probe.
White House officials “can say they’re being honest, but it’s everything but,” the committee chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, told Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”
A review of Biden’s private library turned up six pages of classified records during his service as vice president in the Obama administration, according to a statement from White House attorney Richard Sauber on Saturday.
According to prior reports from the White House, only one page was discovered.
The most recent disclosure was made in addition to the discovery of papers uncovered in November at Biden’s former offices at the Penn Biden Center in Washington and in December in his garage.
Biden’s private attorneys, who lacked security clearances, ended their search on Wednesday night after coming across the first page, according to Sauber.
On Thursday, Sauber discovered the remaining materials while assisting the Justice Department in getting them back.
In a separate investigation into the improper handling of classified documents at former President Donald Trump’s private club and residence in Florida, Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, claimed that the Justice Department had rightfully appointed special counsels to “get to the bottom” of the Biden classified documents matter.
Raskin also emphasized essential distinctions between the two cases, such as the ease with which Biden’s team provided papers to the National Archives as opposed to Trump’s continuous defiance of such requests.
Raskin told CNN, “We should have a sense of proportion and measure about what we’re talking about.
Comer declined when asked on Sunday if his oversight committee will also investigate how Trump handled classified documents.
He said, “I don’t feel like we need to spend much time investigating President Trump because the Democrats have done that for the past six years.