By Casey Harper (The Center Square)
US House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., has launched an investigation into classified documents found in a private office used by President Joe Biden after his term as vice president ended years ago.
Comer sent a letter to the National Archives and Records Administration and the White House Counsel’s Office demanding answers and pointing out that “NARA instigated a public and unprecedented FBI raid on former President Trump’s home – Mar-a-Lago.”
Comer is calling for records of communications between the Justice Department, the White House and NARA, and for interviews with NARA staff.
“The committee is concerned that President Biden has compromised sources and methods with mishandling of his own classified records. Under the Biden administration, the Justice Department and NARA have made compliance with the Presidential Records Act a high priority,” the letter to Biden’s White House counsel said. “I’m not going to get in the middle of whether or not the Justice Department should move or move on some of the steps they might take.”
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Comer called NARA’s handling of the records “inconsistent” and raised two quality questions.
“For months, NARA has failed to disclose to committee Republicans or the American public that President Biden — after serving as vice president — stored highly classified documents in a closet in his personal office,” wrote the letter to NARA. “NARA learned of these documents days before the 2022 midterm elections and did not alert the public that President Biden might be violating the law.”
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“Meanwhile, NARA instigated a public and unprecedented FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago — former President Trump’s home — to retrieve presidential records,” it continued. “NARA’s inconsistent treatment of the recovery of classified documents held by former President Trump and President Biden raises questions about political bias at the agency.”
It’s one of several investigations the committee has pledged to dive into this year, along with big tech’s collaboration with federal law enforcement to censor Americans and inquiries into Hunter Biden, the president’s son.
These investigations could unearth new evidence and provide steady political ammunition against Democrats.
The investigation, in particular, will protect Republicans from defending former President Donald Trump, who came under heavy fire for his own alleged collection of classified documents after the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.
“Biden has known for years that he was storing highly classified documents in his personal office,” said U.S. Rep. Ronny Jackson, R-Texas. “They knew it when FBI agents were raiding Mar-a-Lago and they knew it when they hired a biased special counsel. They knew it the whole time but their DOJ goons were harassing Trump.
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