After the discovery of confidential documents, the visitor logs of Vice President Biden are being investigated.
Republicans in Congress are pushing for access to the visitor logs of US Vice President Joe Biden’s homes, citing the recent discovery of confidential documents at one of Biden’s residences as evidence that the home poses a threat to national security. (Also Read: The Discovery of a Second batch of Confidential Biden Documents)
On Thursday, Mr. Biden admitted that sensitive material was discovered in the garage of his home in Delaware, which is located in Delaware.
When asked if the visitor logs would be disclosed, the White House avoided the question entirely.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) assigned an investigator to look into the files.
At the beginning of this week, it was said that secret documents from Mr. Biden’s time as vice president had been found in a private office at the Penn Biden Center, a think tank in the city of Washington.
Afterward, it was revealed that a second stash had been located in Mr. Biden’s residence.
The first batch was discovered on November 2, only a few days before the midterm elections in the United States, but news of it became public on Monday.
After Mr. Biden departed from the White House in 2017, he maintained an office at the think tank until he announced his candidacy for the presidency in 2019.
At a press conference on Thursday, United States Attorney General Merrick Garland disclosed that the second cache had been discovered on December 20 at the private residence of Mr. Biden in Wilmington, Delaware. (Also Read: A special counsel has been chosen to investigate how Biden handled secret information)
He further mentioned that Mr. Biden’s legal representatives had contacted the authorities Thursday morning to inform them of another document discovered at the same property.
A probe into the Biden files has been given to a former top justice department officer who served under the Trump administration. The attorney general made the appointment, citing the “exceptional circumstances” as the reason for the choice.
The newly elected Republican Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, has called into question the timing of the first revelation and accused Joe Biden of willfully mishandling the classified documents. McCarthy also accused Mr. Biden of leaking the information.
“Before the election and interviews, he knew this had already occurred. This is why people in the United States do not trust their government, “Mr. McCarthy said Thursday.
On Thursday, other Republicans requested that the president disclose a log of all individuals who had visited Mr. Biden’s residence in Delaware.
Fox News was given the following statement by James Comer, the House Oversight Committee chairman, and a Kentucky representative: “We need to know who all has had access to the president.”
Ken Buck, a Republican from Colorado, issued a letter to the White House demanding that Vice President Biden “reveal all visitor logs.”
Elise Stefanik, the third-ranking Republican in the House of Representatives and a representative from New York, stated that the visitor logs were “unequivocally a concern of national security.”
A search warrant carried out by the FBI at Mr. Biden’s former workplace, the Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, resulted in the discovery of more than 300 classified files, some of which were labeled with the Secret and Top Secret designations. Due to this discovery, Mr. Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, is also the subject of an investigation by the Justice Department.
Mr. Biden reiterated, while speaking to the media on Thursday, that his legal team had already informed the appropriate authorities of the discovery and that he took the situation very seriously.
The president, who had earlier referred to Mr. Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified data as “very reckless,” added that the documents were locked in a garage next to his 1960s Chevrolet Corvette sports vehicle and that they were “not sitting out in the street.”
Additionally, lawyers inspected Mr. Biden’s house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, but reported finding no additional files during their investigation.
Richard Sauber, an attorney representing the president, stated they worked closely with the Department of Justice.
He was confident that the investigation would reveal that “these records were mistakenly misplaced, and the president and his counsel acted immediately upon discovering that this mistake had been made.”
When asked if the Delaware visitor logs would ever be made public, the press secretary for the White House, Karine Jean-Pierre, responded that the administration of former Vice President Joe Biden had restored public disclosure on White House visitor logs, which had been restricted under the administration of former President Donald Trump.
In addition, the administration of Donald Trump refused in 2017 to release the identities of most guests who had visited Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago golf club in Palm Beach during his time as president.
On Thursday, Mr. Trump made a post on his Truth Social platform in which he claimed that the special counsel assigned to the case “hates” him and demanded that the attorney general “immediately” put an end to the inquiry he is currently facing over the Mar-a-Lago cache.
CNN’s investigation in October found that Vice President Joe Biden had spent more than a quarter of his administration working from either his home in Wilmington or his home in Rehoboth Beach. (Also Read: The key Differences Between the Biden and Trump Classified Document Scandals)