(Daily Mail) The National Archives was prevented from notifying the public that classified documents were found at President Joe Biden‘s think tank back in November, raising questions over who stopped the information from coming out.
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman James Comer of Kentucky raised the question Tuesday night, claiming the only two entities that could give the order to the Archives are the White House and the Department of Justice – putting the onus on either Biden or Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Despite Biden’s team claiming they have been ‘transparent’ regarding the classified document scandal, new details emerged Tuesday that the FBI searched his former offices after the initial materials were found.
Documents with classified markings were found at Biden’s Washington, D.C. think tank in early November, just days before the 2022 midterm elections.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer of Kentucky (pictured) said Tuesday that the National Archives was blocked from releasing a prepared statement on the discovery of classified documents at Joe Biden’s Washington D.C. think tank back in November
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The National Archives prepared a press release to notify the public of the discovery, but was stopped from issuing the statement, Comer revealed.
‘There are only two people that could have given those orders, and that’s either the Department of Justice with Merrick Garland or the White House with Joe Biden,’ the Kentucky Republican told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday evening.
‘So it shows right there that this Department of Justice and this White House is interfering with this,’ he added.
The latest revelation comes after Comer’s panel conducted a lengthy interview with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) general counsel Gary Stern.
He also informed the Oversight Committee that he couldn’t tell them who gave the order not to release the statement.
Comer noted yet another double-standard in the process of classified documents between the case involving Biden and the one involving former President Donald Trump, whose Mar-a-Lago residence was raided by the FBI in August.
‘If you go on the National Archives website, there’s pages and pages of press releases and information about the FBI raid into Mar-a-Lago and Donald Trump’s possession of classified documents,’ Comer said. ‘But there’s nothing on the website about Joe Biden.’
New information about Biden’s case also emerged Tuesday indicating the discovery of documents wasn’t as much of a cooperative process as previously indicated.
FBI investigators searched Biden’s DC think tank office days after the president’s lawyer identified classified material there.
New revelations also emerged Tuesday that FBI agents searched the Penn Biden office for classified material back in November – a detail previously unknown despite the administration insisting ‘transparency’ through the whole process
The White House and the Justice Department did not disclose the search, which was reported by CBS News, despite the White House’s claim of ‘transparency’ over the rolling discoveries of classified material.
It was not immediately known if any additional documents marked classified were uncovered during the search, which took place in mid-November.
On November 2, days before the midterm elections, a Biden attorney discovered 10 documents marked ‘classified,’ then contacted the National Archives, which alerted the Justice Department.
Comer demanded the Archives come before the Oversight Committee to shed some clarity on the documents saga after the classified materials were found at Trump, Biden and former Vice President Mike Pence’s private residences and offices.
Stern was grilled by lawmakers Tuesday for more than three hours in a transcribed interview with Comer and his panel as Democrat and Republican lawmakers have grown increasingly frustrated with the lack of detail and transparency from the administration on the matter.
In the Democrat-controlled Senate, the Intelligence Committee has lamented that they have not been able to review the documents, yet the press keeps releasing information regarding the materials found in the searches.
While Republicans and Democrats lamented of ‘stonewalling’ from the Justice Department, members of the Oversight panel claim that the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Avril Haines is blocking the release of key details until the agency has concluded its investigation.
News of the FBI search comes as the Biden administration faces new pressure from Democrats to disclose the contents of classified material found at his home and office.
A January 14 statement from Biden lawyer Bob Bauer did not acknowledge the government search, only flagging the government’s ‘inquiry, including taking possession of any documents and reviewing any surrounding material for further review and context.’