Lawmakers will receive briefing on Biden Doc scandal without classified access
Congressional lawmakers would receive a briefing from Biden administration officials on President Joe Biden’s classified documents scandal as early as this week after weeks of filibuster.
Despite the administration’s claims of transparency, the briefing would not include direct access to the contents of classified documents that Biden hid at the Penn Biden Center and at his Wilmington residence, according to the Associated Press.
The White House did not provide transparency publicly or privately on the scandal, citing “ongoing criminal investigations and a separate ‘risk assessment’ of possible harm to intelligence sources.”
“I have to be very careful,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters several times about the “ongoing investigation.”
Among the classified documents believed to have been found among the document hoards is information relating to Ukraine, where the Biden family conducted business dealings.
If the briefing takes place, the “Gang of Eight” would receive the disclosure. The “gang of eight” refers to Republican and Democratic leaders of the House and Senate and the two intelligence committees.
Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, have been demanding transparency in the administration for weeks. With no response, they wrote a letter last week to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines for a briefing.
The Biden classified documents scandal continued to grow. Last week, a press leak revealed that the FBI searched the Penn Biden Center in mid-November. Biden’s personal attorney only acknowledged the research after it was leaked to the press months after its events.
On Feb. 1, the FBI took an extraordinary step and searched Biden’s second home in Delaware, even though the president claimed no classified documents were found there. FBI research unearthed notes from when Biden was vice president during the Biden administration. Critics say the memos could relate to information related to the Biden family’s business dealings.
The Justice Department initially opened an investigation into the scandal on January 12, shortly after the scandal was leaked to the press on January 9. The first documents were found by Biden’s personal attorneys on November 2.
At least three establishment media reports indicate that the White House and Justice Department agreed to hide the scandal from the American public.
White House officials are said to be suspicious of how the Biden classified documents scandal was leaked to the press after only a select group of White House and DOJ officials learned of the breach.
The White House did not provide a reason or cause for the initial search.
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