The National Archives dismissed reports about mishandled documents in the Obama-Biden administration just weeks before the first batch of classified documents were “found” in November. On October 11th, the National Archives responded to a question about documents from the Obama-Biden administration, stating that documents from that administration had been “securely moved to locations that met strict archival and security standards.” The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) had said then that questions or statements implying documents from that time were still with the former President or Vice President, or left housed within their administration’s care were “false and misleading.” The NARA has not yet commented on the care the multiple sets of documents in Biden’s possession received, or if they were held under the NARA’s security standards during the time Biden and his administration had them.
The Oct. 11 statement came barely three weeks before Biden’s attorneys “unexpectedly discovered” documents with classified markings at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, located in Washington, D.C.
White House lawyers would later find additional documents stashed inside the garage of Biden’s home in Wilmington. The White House says it has handed over all the documents in question and is cooperating fully with the DOJ’s investigation.
Republicans on Capitol Hill demanded visitor logs from Biden’s Wilmington home following the revelations this weekend. The White House Counsel’s Office has claimed no such records exist, however.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer said he will “continue to press” for information about the documents despite the lack of a visitor log, however.
“President Biden promised to have the most transparent administration in history, but he refuses to be transparent when it matters most,” Comer told Fox News Digital. “The White House, National Archives, and the Justice Department withheld information from Congress and the American people about classified records found in unsecure locations from Joe Biden’s time as vice president. The American people deserve transparency, not secrecy.”