House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer promised swift action from Congress following the latest White House information that President Biden’s aides discovered five additional pages of classified documents at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
The Kentucky Republican said the slow flow of information from the White House as the saga of Mr. Biden’s classified documents unfolded was a serious concern.
“We first became aware of the classified Penn Biden Center documents months after they were found in an unsecured cabinet,” Mr. Comer said. “Then the White House took weeks to inform the public about the documents found in President Biden’s garage in Wilmington. And now, a few days later, we learn that there are more documents at the Wilmington residence.”
“President Biden’s three strikes against transparency will be met with swift congressional oversight,” he said.
The White House confirmed on Monday that classified government documents dating back to Mr Biden’s time as vice president in the Obama White House had been discovered in a Washington office building he used when he was a professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania.
The documents were discovered on November 2, just six days before the midterm elections. The case became public knowledge only when it was revealed by CBS News.
A second batch of classified documents was later found in Mr. Biden’s garage in Wilmington by White House aides. Mr. Biden’s staff notified the Justice Department of the discovery of the second batch on December 20.
The batch was confirmed by the White House on Thursday in a statement, which said Mr Biden’s lawyers had discovered a “small amount” of additional classified material. All but one of these documents were found in a storage room in Mr. Biden’s garage.
Another one-page document, the White House said, was found among stored materials in an adjacent room.
The latest information from the White House on Saturday adds to the number previously disclosed by the administration.
Richard Sauber, a special adviser to the president, said he discovered the additional documents Thursday night while he was at the residence to facilitate the transfer of a previously declassified classified document to the Justice Department.
“The secrecy of the Biden White House on this matter is troubling,” Mr. Comer said. “No less disturbing is the fact that Biden’s aides were reviewing the documents knowing that a special counsel would be appointed.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed special counsel Robert K. Gurr to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation into why the classified documents were at Mr. Biden’s residence on the same day the second batch of documents was released.
Earlier this week, the House Oversight Committee launched a separate investigation into Mr. Biden’s handling of classified information.
Mr. Comer demanded that the National Archives and the White House counsel turn over several documents to the committee by January 24.
“Many questions need to be answered, but one thing can be said for sure: supervision is underway,” the chairman said.