Republicans are demanding Biden’s visitor logs, but not Trump’s

There is no legal requirement for US Presidents to disclose visitors to their home or the White House. The Biden administration reinstated disclosure of official guests to the White House, releasing its first set of records in May 2021. Former President Donald Trump suspended the practice shortly after taking office in 2017.

Trump vs. Biden documents problems

Republicans in the US House of Representatives on Friday launched an investigation into the Justice Department’s handling of improperly kept classified documents held by Biden. Comer’s committee is also reviewing the case.

Included in a Justice Department court filing dated Aug. 30, and redacted in part by the FBI, was a court-matched photograph of documents seized in August's search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.

Included in a Justice Department court filing dated Aug. 30, and redacted in part by the FBI, was a court-matched photograph of documents seized in August’s search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.Credit:DoJ/AP

The investigation comes as Trump faces post-presidency criminal investigation for misappropriating classified documents.

In the Biden case, the President’s attorneys notified the National Archives and the Justice Department of the discovery of a small number of documents at a think tank in Washington and later at Biden’s home in Wilmington.

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In Trump’s case, for more than a year after Trump left office, the National Archives tried to retrieve all the records he kept, but to no avail. When Trump finally returned 15 boxes of documents in January 2022, records officials discovered they contained classified material.

After the matter was referred to the Justice Department, Trump’s attorneys turned over additional footage from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and said there were no more documents at the site.

That turned out to be wrong. In the end, the FBI seized another 13,000 documents from the estate, about 100 of which were marked as confidential.

House Democrats introduced the “Mar-a-Lago Act” in 2017, which would require Trump to disclose regular visitors to his Florida home, but it was never voted on in the chamber or in Congress as a whole.

Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, the outgoing chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Congress should seek an assessment from US intelligence agencies on whether Trump or Biden documents threaten national security.

“I don’t think we can rule out the possibility without knowing more of the facts,” Schiff said on ABC In this week.

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