Monday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, dismissed White House criticism of how Republicans are probing secret records found in President Joe Biden’s home and previous office, and he accused the Biden White House of having a double standard about oversight.
In a statement to Fox News Digital, Jordan asked why the house of President Donald Trump was searched but not that of President Biden. He also wants to know why the FBI photographed President Trump’s so-called confidential documents but not those of President Biden. Jordan stated that Republicans desire nothing more than equal and fair treatment under the law.
Jordan alerted the Justice Department last week that he would investigate the president’s “mishandling” of sensitive documents and the Justice Department’s inquiry into the subject.
James Comer, R-Kentucky, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, was also probing the situation and said on Monday that the Biden administration needs to answer questions about who had access to the documents.
On Monday, White House spokesman Ian Sams expressed his belief that House Republicans have “no credibility” and no reason to complain about Biden since they were easy on former President Donald Trump after secret materials were discovered at his Florida property last summer.
Sams stated that their demands should be treated with suspicion. He said that the Republicans should be asked why they are politicizing this subject and admitting they do not care about the underlying secret information.
The White House was scrutinized by both parties when it was disclosed that confidential documents were found in the offices of the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C., on November 2, 2022, but were not made public until last week.
Last week, a second cache of sensitive documents was discovered in the president’s garage in Wilmington, Delaware, where he maintains his corvette, leading Attorney General Merrick Garland to designate a special counsel to examine the matter. A third batch of secret documents was uncovered late last week.
The White House counsel’s office stated on Monday that there are no visitor records for the president’s private house in Wilmington, Delaware, in response to a request from Republican House leaders.
As has been the case for every president in modern history, his residence is private, according to a statement released on Monday by the White House Counsel’s Office. However, upon assuming office, President Biden reinstated the standard and tradition of maintaining White House visitor logs and publicizing them regularly after the previous administration discontinued them.
After the White House verified that there are no visitor records for President Biden’s house in Wilmington, Delaware, the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, James Comer, vowed to continue pressuring the Biden administration for answers on secret materials found in unprotected locations.
Comer said on Monday that Biden promised transparency in his administration but refused to act transparently when it was most important. Comer said that the records found from Joe Biden’s tenure as vice president led to the White House, National Archives, and Justice Department suppressing information from Congress and the American public regarding classified data discovered in insecure places. The American public deserves openness, not concealment. Comer said they would continue to ask questions about who had access to these sensitive documents and why Biden aides were authorized to search around the Wilmington house after the appointment of a special counsel.