The House Oversight Committee plans to probe the Biden administration’s suspected plan of concealing the discovery of classified documents from the American public. According to a report from Breitbart, the inquiry includes the possibility it conspired with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) on the matter.
According to the report, GOP Representative James Comer of Kentucky, the new chairman of the Oversight Committee, confirmed that Republicans in the House would delve into a report from the Washington Post.
The Post report suggested the DOJ and White House had agreed previously to conceal President Joe Biden’s purported mishandling of classified documents from the public. The move was made before CBS News contacted the White House over documents allegedly stored improperly at the president’s Penn Biden Center office in Washington, D.C.
“The Biden White House’s secrecy in this matter is alarming,” said Comer to Breitbart. “Many questions need to be answered, but one thing is certain: oversight is coming.”
Amid the National Archives, DOJ, and White House opaqueness to the media recently, there have been rumblings of possible collusions among the three organizations. However, no substantial reporting existed before the Post’s story was published.
The new chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, along with Comer, had questioned the timetable provided by the White House — regarding when the documents were retrieved at the Biden family home in Delaware, Penn Biden Center, or acknowledged to the media and public.
“We first learned about the Penn Biden Center classified documents months after they were found in an unsecure closet,” said Comer to Breitbart. “Then it took the White House weeks to inform the public about the documents found in President Biden’s Wilmington [Delaware] garage. And days later, we learned that there were more documents at the Wilmington residence.”
Concern over behavior, actions of Biden attorneys
Rep. Comer also raised questions about how Biden’s personal lawyers may have behaved when seeking improperly stored classified materials, both before and after special counsel Robert Hur was assigned to the case by Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“Equally alarming is the fact that Biden aides were combing through documents knowing there would be a special counsel appointed,” stated Comer.
Around 25 classified documents have been uncovered by Biden’s attorneys in three separate batches.
However, the discovery doesn’t account for why the president was in possession of the materials in the first place, as it corresponded with his time serving as vice president to President Barack Obama. This position holds no powers of declassification.
Comer reasoned that the American public might not have found out about the classified documents if CBS News hadn’t pressured the White House.
According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, 60% of Americans believe the president mishandled classified materials related to the United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Iran inappropriately.