Comer Asks White House To Release Biden Visitor Logs

Comer Asks White House To Release Biden Visitor Logs: James Comer, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee and a Republican from Kentucky, requested the release of President Joe Biden’s Delaware home visitor records in a letter to Ron Klain, the chief of staff at the White House, on Sunday.

A day after the White House announced that further classified materials from the Obama administration had been discovered at the president’s Wilmington mansion following the disclosure of two batches of records, Comer’s letter was received.

Comer stated in the letter to Klain, “Given the critical national security concerns, the White House must share the Wilmington residence’s visitor log.” “As the leader of the Executive Office of the President, you have a responsibility to be open and honest with the American people about these crucial matters about the White House’s handling of this subject,” the letter to the chief of staff reads.

The Committee wants “transparency” into whether anyone with foreign connections to the Biden family had access to President Biden’s residence and the classified documents, he wrote, and is “concerned” that White House aides and Biden’s personal attorney searched the Wilmington home after the Justice Department launched its assessment.

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In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, Comer was questioned about why his Committee concentrated on Biden’s documents but not on those of former President Donald Trump. The FBI searched the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida last year after making repeated attempts to retrieve the secret documents.

Since the Democrats have been looking into President Trump for the past six years, Comer added, “I don’t feel like we need to spend a lot of time on it.”

His letter was published in the same week that secret materials from the Obama administration were found. The White House has verified that three sets of papers have so far been discovered: six pages in a room next to the garage, another group of records in the garage of Biden’s home, and a “small” amount at a Washington, D.C., office that he frequented.

Comer questioned if Hunter Biden, the president’s son, could have had access to the sensitive materials discovered at his Delaware home in an earlier letter sent to the White House on Friday. The Committee is concerned that President Biden conducted foreign business with US adversaries while storing secret information at the same residence where his son lived, Comer wrote.

Comer’s most recent request comes days after the House Judiciary Committee, which is now chaired by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, in the newly Republican-majority House, announced on Friday that an investigation into the Obama-era classified documents discovered at Biden’s Delaware home and his former Washington office had been launched.

Jordan wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting copies of all correspondence and records relating to the discovery that were exchanged between the Justice Department, FBI, and the White House, as well as details regarding the selection of Robert Hur as the case’s special counsel by Garland.

Comer Asks White House To Release Biden Visitor Logs
Comer Asks White House To Release Biden Visitor Logs

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Allies of Biden have emphasised how this issue differs from the ongoing judicial inquiry into Trump’s holding of sensitive documents at his Florida estate. They claim that once the documents were found, Biden surrendered them. However, the former president retained other information and did not fully comply with a subpoena, which led to a search warrant being executed at Mar-a-Lago in August.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, a Democrat from Michigan, made a contrast between Biden and the special counsel probe of Trump in an appearance on NBC News’ “Meet the Press” on Sunday.

Stabenow noted that unlike Trump, Biden “isn’t claiming that somehow magically when he thinks about confidential materials that he can declassify them.” “I mean, it’s different right now,” she said.

In light of the finding of the classified materials, she claimed that the president is collaborating with the Justice Department and National Archives. They won’t resist subpoenas or demand FBI raids to obtain the records, they said.

In an interview with ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, referred to Comer’s request as “absolutely disingenuous.”

Although lawmakers “shouldn’t try to meddle with the investigations,” he added, Congress should handle Biden’s and Trump’s situations similarly, including receiving briefings from the intelligence community about any potential hazards to national security over where sensitive materials were held.

Schiff added, “I think, tragically, that’s what Mr. Comer’s purpose is. He displayed no interest in looking into the much more serious matter involving over 100 classified documents at Mar-a-Lago and evidence of obstruction that was available to the public. He has recently developed an interest in looking into President Biden. The top Democrat on the oversight committee, Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, stated that Comer’s request shouldn’t become a “political football.”

Raskin said, “People who are saying there was no problem with what Donald Trump did, which was to defiantly reject any cooperation in turning over hundreds of classified documents, are upset about President Biden’s voluntary and quick turnover of a handful of documents that they found.” Raskin added that he hopes the Committee will “keep a sense of symmetry about our analysis of these situations and a sense of proportion about the underlying offenses.” Follow  for more updates.

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