Republican Representative Comer Wants President Biden’s Delaware Visitor Logs Turned over by the End of January

On Sunday, Republicans demanded that the White House turn over all information connected to its searches that have exposed classified documents at President Joe Biden’s former office and home in the wake of more records found at his Delaware residence. 

“We have a lot of questions,” said the House Oversight and Accountability Committee chairman, Republican Representative James Comer of Kentucky. 

Rep. Comer said he wants to see all communications and documents related to the searches by Biden’s team, along with visitor logs from the President’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, from January 20, 2021, to the present. Comer said the aim is to decide who might have access to classified material and how the records ended up there.

Saturday, the White House admitted it had discovered five more documents labeled ‘classified’ at the President’s home on Thursday, the day a special counsel was appointed to review the issue. 

Comer criticized searches in letter to White House chief of staff

In a letter dated Sunday to Ron Klain, White House chief of staff, Comer criticized Biden representative’s searches when the Justice Department was starting to investigate and said the President’s “mishandling of classified materials raises the issue of whether he has jeopardized our national security.”

Rep. Comer demanded that the White House release all relevant information, including visitor logs, by the end of January. 

In an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Comer referred to Biden’s home as a “crime scene,” though he said it has yet to be seen if any laws had been broken. 

“My concern is that the special counsel was called for, but yet hours after that, we still had the president’s personal attorneys, who have no security clearance, still rummaging around the president’s residence, looking for things — I mean, that would essentially be a crime scene, so to speak,” said Comer.

Friday, the House Judiciary Committee requested that Attorney General Merrick Garland provide all information related to the uncovering of documents and Garland’s appointment of Richard Hur as special counsel to oversee the investigation.

Officials at the White House “can say they’re being transparent, but it’s anything but,” said Representative Jim Jordan, Republican from Ohio. 

Richard Sauber, the lawyer for the White House, said Saturday in a statement that six pages of classified documents found from the time Biden served as vice president to President Barack Obama were found in his private library. Previously, the White House had said only a single page had been located there.

The most recent discovery was in addition to the unearthing of documents found in the President’s garage in December and the November finding at his former offices at the Washington Penn Biden Center. 

Sauber said the President’s lawyers, who had no security clearances, halted their search after locating the first page on Wednesday evening. Sauber discovered the additional documents Thursday, as he was assisting in their retrieval by the Justice Department. He did not explain why it took two days for the White House to release the information publicly.

The White House is already being heavily scrutinized for waiting more than two months to recognize the discovery of the initial group of documents in early November. 

Representative Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland, who is the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, said it was the right decision to appoint special counsels to “get to the bottom” of Biden’s handling of classified documents, as well as the separate investigation into classified documents at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. 

However, Raskin noted key differences he noticed between the two cases, including the President’s team quickly handing over documents to the National Archives contrasted with Trump’s continued resistance to requests. 

“We should keep a sense of proportion and measure about what we’re talking about,” said Raskin. 

Comer hesitated when asked Sunday if his oversight committee would also investigate former President Trump’s handling of classified documents. 

“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,” said Comer.