President Joe Biden’s classified document scandal may yet be heating up as the latest updates suggest additional searches and a record of visitor logs may be forthcoming all while the White House continued to claim “appropriate” transparency.
Having entered its third week and with another cache of documents discovered, the White House remained on damage control Monday as their Counsel Office spokesman Ian Sams joined reporters via teleconference to try and steer the narrative.
Entirely on the defensive, Sams suggested, “I have certainly endeavored to give all of you in the press corps access to the information that you need. I’ve taken your questions a couple of times, I made myself available for media interviews.”
One such question sought to determine whether Biden’s vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware would be searched in a fashion similar to his Wilmington residence which the spokesman non-answered by referring the press to statements about the Justice Department’s Friday search.
Top Biden spokesman Ian Sams repeatedly refuses to say if Biden’s beach home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware has been searched for hidden classified documents. pic.twitter.com/nHUeU7LEUw
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 22, 2023
Later Monday, CBS reported that only now, nearly three months after the reported initial discovery of classified documents at Biden’s former office is the Justice Department reportedly considering searching other locations connected to the president.
“Justice Department officials are also considering the possibility of conducting other consensual searches at locations linked to Mr. Biden, said the source familiar with the investigation,” the outlet stated.
While the president’s own attorneys had claimed to have found no classified documents, the search of the Wilmington home was “complete,” as White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre had put it, before additional documents were discovered on two later occasions that included a search led by the Justice Department.
“In every presidency, you know, there are many people out there in the media who’s sort of trying to stir up controversy to get attention or time on camera,” Sams argued while also claiming, “We’ve tried to give you guys public information as it’s appropriate.”
“But I think that the American people see it for what it is, which is the president respecting the appropriate entity who’s doing an investigation and ensuring that they have the independence they need to conduct that investigation,” Sams contended.
No matter his suggestions and repeated use of the adverb “transparently,” the facts appeared to dispel his efforts.
During the same conference, the spokesman also seemed to suggest that the House Oversight Committee was being stonewalled in their efforts to obtain visitors logs to Biden’s Delaware home as he told reporters in response to Rep. James Comer’s (R-Ky.) request of “documents and material on this issue.”
Referring to the White House Counsel’s letter to the Oversight chairman, Sams said the Counsel replied with congratulations on his appointment as committee chairman and “explained that the White House does not have possession of the documents that the Archives and DOJ have taken into their possession, and stressed the importance of protecting the integrity and independence of law enforcement investigations.”
The Oversight chairman hadn’t put all of his investigative eggs in that basket either as he issued a separate letter on Monday to the Director of the Secret Service Kimberly Cheatle that read in part, “Given the White House’s lack of transparency regarding President Biden’s residential visitor logs, the committee seeks information from the Secret Service regarding who had access to his home since serving as vice president.”
@RepJamesComer is calling on the U.S. Secret Service Director to provide all documents, communications, and visitor information maintained for President Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware residence.
The White House’s lack of transparency is concerning.
Americans need answers now. pic.twitter.com/chYSgmXcQC
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) January 23, 2023
Comer provided a deadline of February 6 for the Secret Service to comply with his request for “All documents and communications related to visitor information at President Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home from January 20, 2017, to present.”
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