House panel demands Biden visitor info for Delaware home after more docs found

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House panel demands Biden visitor info for Delaware home after more docs found

WASHINGTON – House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. James Comer has formally requested that Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle turn over details of visitors to President Biden’s Delaware home, where classified documents from his time as a senator and vice president were improperly stashed away.

“The US Secret Service protected President Biden during the time he stored these classified materials at his Wilmington residence,” Comer (R-Ky.) said in a Monday letter to Cheatle.

“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,” the chairman added.

Beginning Dec. 20, the president’s attorneys and law enforcement officials have found multiple batches of sensitive papers at Biden’s home during several searches.

On Saturday, the White House announced that six documents marked classified had been removed from the residence the day before by investigators, along with some of Biden’s notes and “surrounding materials.”

President Joe Biden's Wilmington, Del. home.
At least six classified documents from President Joe Biden’s time as vice president were discovered improperly stashed away in his Wilmington, Del. home.
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The Delaware home became a target of searches after Biden’s attorneys reportedly found 10 pieces of classified material in an abandoned office at the Penn Biden Center in DC on Nov. 2, six days before the midterm elections.

The White House has refused to divulge who may have had access to the documents while visiting the president since he took office in January 2021, insisting that the home is his “personal” residence — despite the fact that Biden has spent all or part of 164 days there across 52 trips since becoming the oldest-ever president.

In the letter, Comer said the committee previously requested a Wilmington visitor log from White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain on Jan. 15, but were told administration officials “do not maintain” such information.

House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. James Comer
House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. James Comer on Monday requested the Secret Service turn over visitor logs to President Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Del., home.
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On Jan. 16, Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi initially stated the agency had no information to provide to journalists or members of Congress because “we don’t independently maintain our own visitor logs because it’s a private residence.”

He later walked back that statement, saying on Thursday that “the Secret Service does generate law enforcement and criminal justice information records for various individuals who may come into contact with Secret Service protected sites,” prompting Comer to send the Monday letter.

Posting the letter to Twitter, the committee wrote that “The White House’s lack of transparency is concerning.

“Americans need answers now,” it added.

Comer requested the Secret Service provide “all documents and communications related to visitor information” at the Delaware home from Jan. 20, 2017 – the day Biden’s vice presidency ended.

The Secret Service had not yet responded to the letter by Monday afternoon, but Fox News last week quoted an unnamed source who promised that “the Secret Service is prepared to provide available background information on vetted guests to Biden’s residence if requested by Congress.”

President Joe Biden
The House Oversight Committee is investigation President Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified documents.
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The Oversight Committee is not alone in its interest in the documents. The House Judiciary Committee is looking into the controversy, with member Rep. Mike Johnson (R-La.) saying last week that if no records existed, “we’ll have to seek it through testimony with family members or those who have been at the residence.”

In addition to the Oversight and Judiciary Committee’s special counsel Robert Hur is also reviewing whether Biden or anyone in his orbit violated the law by mishandling records.

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