Republicans within the U.S. Home of Representatives launched an investigation on Friday into the Justice Division’s dealing with of improperly saved categorised paperwork possessed by President Joe Biden, and questioned whether or not his son, Hunter, had entry to any.
In a Jan. 13 letter to Lawyer Common Merrick Garland, prime Republicans on the Home Judiciary Committee stated the Justice Division’s appointment of Robert Hur as particular counsel for the case this week raised “basic oversight questions.”
The letter got here a day after Biden’s authorized group acknowledged it had discovered categorised paperwork referring to his time as vp within the Obama administration at his Delaware residence, together with some in his storage. Aides beforehand discovered one other batch of categorised paperwork at his residence, and at a Washington assume tank he was related to.
Earlier on Friday, Home Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer wrote to the White Home asking whether or not Hunter Biden had entry to categorised paperwork discovered on the president’s personal residence.
“It’s unclear when the division first got here to study in regards to the existence of those paperwork, and whether or not it actively hid this info from the general public on the eve of the 2022 elections,” Home Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan and fellow panel Republican Mike Johnson instructed Garland of their letter.
“We anticipate your full cooperation with our inquiry,” they wrote, setting a Jan. 27 deadline for compliance.
White Home and Justice Division officers weren’t instantly obtainable for remark.
The 2 Republican probes current a distraction for the Democratic president, who has criticized his Republican predecessor Donald Trump’s dealing with of categorised materials, and will solid a shadow over Biden as each he and Trump gear up for a potential 2024 election rematch.
It additionally offers fodder for Home Republicans, who’ve pledged to focus their new majority on numerous investigations into the Biden administration.
Along with analyzing Biden’s dealing with of categorised paperwork, Republicans are getting ready to probe Hunter Biden’s previous enterprise dealings in Ukraine.
In Comer’s letter to the White Home, the Home Oversight Committee chairman stated the house the place the paperwork have been discovered was listed as Hunter Biden’s deal with on his driver’s license as lately as 2018.
“The Committee is anxious President Biden saved categorised paperwork on the identical location his son resided whereas partaking in worldwide enterprise offers with adversaries of america,” the letter learn.
Republicans have sought to match the investigation of Biden’s dealing with of categorised paperwork to the continued probe into how Trump dealt with categorised paperwork after his presidency.
However their circumstances usually are not the identical, authorized consultants say.
The White Home stated Biden’s attorneys discovered a small variety of categorised paperwork and turned them over after discovery.
Trump resisted doing so till an August FBI search turned up about 100 categorised paperwork, elevating questions on whether or not Trump or his employees obstructed the investigation.