Chairman of the House Oversight Committee US James Comer (R-KY) filed a letter to the US Secret Service requesting the visitation logs from Democrat Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, where he illegally possessed top secret classified materials.
In the letter, Comer criticized the White House’s “lack of transparency” in what is turning out to be a big controversy that has both Republicans and Democrats struggling to explain Vice President Biden’s actions.
“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,” Comer wrote in the letter to the USSS.
USSS spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the media, “The Secret Service is in receipt of a letter from the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability and it is currently being reviewed. As with any request from Congress, the Secret Service will respond to the Chairman.”
Additionally, Guglielmi has stated that the government does not separately maintain visitor logs for Biden’s Wilmington residence. The agency provides protection for the property and evaluates guests prior to their arrival to Biden’s residence, but does not keep records of these individuals. Who may enter the property is determined by Biden and his team.
Earlier in January, FBI agents conducting a search of Biden’s Wilmington home discovered additional secret materials, leading to conjecture about who was on the property at the time.
This week, it was reported that the U.S. Secret Service is “collecting” information regarding who visited Biden’s residence in response to Comer’s letter.
The Washington Examiner reported on Thursday that the Oversight Committee is requesting information on “all persons” who visited the property as well as other locations where Biden hid secret materials, including his private office at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C.
The publication stated further:
Monday, Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson demanded visitation logs from the Secret Service in a letter seen first by the Washington Examiner. Now, the Secret Service has stated that it is examining the letter and is “currently gathering” various material, in addition to “working via appropriate channels” to identify what “may be responsive to Congressional queries.”
“We are in receipt of Senator Grassley’s letter and it is currently is being reviewed,” Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Secret Service, told the outlet, which reported that he also said the USSS does not maintain “formal and comprehensive visitor logs for protected residences.”
“What I mean by that is there is not a system of validated visitor logs like you find at the White House or other government facilities that fall under the Presidential Records Act,” he noted further in a Wednesday email to the outlet.
Jon Doughtery filed the following report for Conservative Brief:
Guglielmi did note, however, that the agency maintains some records on visitors such as “contractors” and “workers.” In addition, the Secret Service collects information regarding the “law enforcement and criminal justice” background of individuals who visit protected sites.
At Biden’s garage in Wilmington, where he stores his vintage Chevrolet Corvette, secret documents were discovered strewn about.
“I hope the Secret Service will be transparent and cooperative as Sen. Grassley and I investigate Joe Biden’s mishandling of our nation’s top secrets,” Johnson said on Monday.
After originally denying it, the Secret Service disclosed late last week that it possessed records of who had visited Biden’s Delaware property.
Following an earlier report that the documents had been discovered, congressional Republicans wanted to view visitor records from the Biden property, but the agency informed them that, as it is a private residence, no official visitor logs are maintained.
Guglielmi stated on Monday, as reported by the New York Post, that “we do not separately maintain our own visitor logs because it is a private house.”
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However, on Friday, Guglielmi said 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.”CONTINUE READING…