Visitor logs were not kept at President Joe Biden’s home, where a third batch of classified documents was found and is being examined.
Both the White House and the Secret Service have said no visitor logs were kept at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, where two clusters of classified records were discovered last week.
“Like every president in decades of modern history, his personal residence is personal,” White House Office spokesman Ian Sams said Monday.
“But upon taking office, President Biden restored the norm and tradition of keeping White House visitor logs, including publishing them regularly after the previous administration ended them.”
The White House Attorney’s office spoke a day after House Republicans requested the transcripts as they and the Justice Department investigated Biden’s handling of classified material from his vice presidency.
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer wrote in a letter to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain: “Given the serious implications for national security, the White House is required to make the Wilmington residence visitation log available.”
Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi delivered a message similar to that of the White House on Monday, saying the agency will cooperate with requests for information from Congress.
“We don’t keep our own visitor logs independently because it’s a private residence,” he said.
The Secret Service is conducting background checks on people visiting the Bidens at their Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach homes, but is keeping them for a limited time, Guglielmi added.
On Saturday, the White House acknowledged that more classified papers were found in Biden’s home than previously reported. The third stack, consisting of six pages, was found in a room next to Biden’s Wilmington garage.
It comes after last Monday’s disclosure of 10 classified documents found in Biden’s office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. On Wednesday, Biden’s personal attorneys discovered a second batch of classified material in the garage of his Wilmington home.
On Thursday, US Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special prosecutor to investigate how the classified documents ended up in Biden’s home and former office of the think tank. Special Counsel Robert Hur is a former federal prosecutor who was appointed Maryland’s chief federal law enforcement officer by ex-President Donald Trump.
Trump – who is under investigation by the Justice Department over secret records he took to his home in Mar-a-Lago – poked fun at the latest development in the Biden probe.
“The White House has just announced that there are no logs or information whatsoever of visitors to the Wilmington house and the weak, unlocked and unsecured but now very famous garage. Maybe they are smarter than we think!’ Trump wrote on his platform Truth Social on Monday.
“This is one of what appears to be many places where TOP SECRET documents are kept (in a large pile on the damp ground).”
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