According to the White House, there are no visitor logs for Biden’s home.
According to the White House, there are no visitor logs for President Joe Biden’s private residence.
After classified files were discovered at his Delaware home, Republicans demanded to see the logs.
The White House counsel’s office stated on Monday that keeping track of who visits presidents’ private homes is not standard practice.
At least 20 documents were discovered at Mr. Biden’s home and a Washington, D.C., office.
The documents date from his time as Vice President under President Barack Obama. According to CBS News, some of them were labeled “Top Secret,” the highest level of classification.
The discovery of sensitive documents in a private office at the Penn Biden Center, a Washington think tank, broke earlier this month. Following that, it was revealed that a second cache had been discovered at Mr. Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware.
Over the weekend, the White House announced that an additional five pages of classified material were discovered on Thursday. At the end of a presidency, all White House files are required by law to be turned over to the National Archives.
The White House has stated that the files were “inadvertently misplaced” and that it is fully cooperating with the investigation.
Four questions about the Biden documents remain unanswered.
Congressional Republicans have been calling on the White House to release visitor logs from Mr. Biden’s homes, but the White House has refused to say whether such information will be released until Monday.
“President Biden’s mishandling of classified materials raises the question of whether he has jeopardized our national security,” Republican House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer wrote to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain over the weekend.
“The American people will never know who had access to these highly sensitive documents unless there is a list of individuals who have visited his residence.”
However, the White House counsel’s office stated on Monday that no such visitor logs exist.
“Like every president in modern history, (Mr Biden’s) personal residence is personal,” said Ian Sams, White House counsel’s spokesperson.
The Secret Service has previously stated that it does not keep track of presidential private residences. In a court filing in 2017, it stated that no visitor logs were kept at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, where the FBI discovered hundreds of classified files last year.
The agency does, however, maintain a permanent presence at Mr. Biden’s homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach and screens visitors before they enter.
A special prosecutor is looking into Mr. Biden’s handling of the files. The Republican-led House Oversight Committee has stated that it will conduct its own investigation.
The White House does publish a visitor log on its website, which was implemented during the Obama administration.
It was suspended during Trump’s presidency and resumed when Mr. Biden took office.