TO BE: The White House on Monday accused House Republicans of launching a “fraudulent” investigation into President Biden’s improper bookings, and accused the GOP of “politicizing” the issue and defending Biden’s cooperation with the special counsel.
“House Republicans are shamelessly playing politics to try to attack President Biden,” White House spokesman Ian Sams told Fox News Digital.
The White House comments came after it was revealed that classified documents were found inside the Washington DC, offices of the Penn Biden Center think tank on Nov. 2, 2022, but was revealed to the public last week. A second set of classified documents was found last week inside the garage of the president’s Wilmington, Delaware, home, prompting Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special counsel to investigate the matter.
Over the weekend, some secret documents were found at the President’s residence.
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On Capitol Hill, the Chairman of the House Committee, Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, informed the Department of Justice about his investigation into the “improper conduct” of the president of history and the investigation of the Department of Justice into the matter. House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., is also investigating the matter, telling Fox News Digital on Monday that he will “continue to press” the Biden administration to account for those who have access to the documents.
But on Monday, the White House fired back and accused House Republicans of launching a political investigation, while urging people to question their actions.
“House Republicans have no credibility,” Sams said. “Their interests should be treated with skepticism and they should ask themselves why they are getting involved in politics and admit that they don’t care about the content of the group.”
Sams was referring to comments Comer made on CNN on Sunday, in which he said “the biggest concern is not the classified documents,” but “how there is such a disparity in how former President Trump was treated” during the unprecedented FBI investigation. at Mar-a-Lago.
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The White House echoed Comer’s comments about the historic Mar-a-Lago event, telling Fox News Digital that Comer had downplayed it, but now finds it “disturbing that classified documents have been improperly stored at the home of President Biden.”
“As President Biden has said time and time again, he considers information confidential, and that’s why he told his team to make sure those documents were sent to the government,” Sams said.
Sams told Fox News Digital that the president is “doing the right thing and is fully cooperating with the review.”
“Full review” is no longer just a review. The Justice Department had been reviewing the matter since November, when Biden aides obtained the documents. But the discovery of other documents last week prompted Garland to appoint former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur as special counsel to lead the investigation.
The White House continues to stress that the President is cooperating with the investigation and that it is consistent with what has already been done.
The comments come after the White House Counsel’s Office on Monday morning said there were no visitor logs at Biden’s home in Wilmington.
Republicans on Capitol Hill — especially Comer — wanted the visitors to come this weekend after they revealed that Biden’s lawyers had found dozens of documents inside the House’s garage. While it is common practice to keep a log of visitors to the White House, Biden’s lawyers say no such record exists at his home in Delaware.
“Like every president in modern history, his home is private,” the White House Counsel’s Office told Fox News Digital on Monday. “But after taking office, President Biden resumed the practice of keeping guest logs at the White House, including publishing them regularly, after the previous administration was gone.”
The discovery of misfiled documents in Biden’s office in November came months after the FBI conducted an unprecedented raid on President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
On Aug. 8, 2022, the FBI seized documents, including some that were known to be highly classified.
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According to the apartment’s receipt, FBI agents took about 20 boxes of material from the property, including documents marked “Miscellaneous Documents/TS/SCI,” which stands for top secret/secret.
Documents in the public domain may include public intelligence and information that, if disclosed, could affect relations between the US and other countries, as well as the lives of mental health professionals abroad. However, this group also includes national security information related to the daily activities of the US President
Trump and his legal team oppose the group and said they are cooperating with the Justice Department and the FBI before the dawn raid on the former president’s Palm Beach home.
Garland, on Nov. 18, appointed former DOJ chief Jack Smith as special counsel to investigate the issue of secret documents being held at Mar-a-Lago.
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When they nominated Smith, Garland and DOJ officials were simultaneously reviewing President Biden’s handling of history. The comment, along with the availability of public records from Biden’s office, was not made public until last week.
It is unclear what the contents of the documents found in Biden’s office, garage or home are.
But when it comes to the issue of all party documents, the White House and House Republicans are making two claims.
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The White House says Republicans have not cared about public records when Trump’s records are questioned, but instead, they care about the former president’s dealings with the FBI.
Republicans, on the other hand, say the White House and Biden’s administration built the DOJ’s tools against Trump, and now they’re scoffing that Biden kept his records wrong.