Here are some of the legal news stories making headlines this week:
There are new developments related to the classified documents that were found at President Joe Biden’s home and former office.
- The President’s legal team said in a statement that six pages of documents with classified markings were found at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware — five more pages than previously disclosed. Documents with classified markings were also previously found in the garage at Biden’s home and in his former office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington.
- This week, for the first time, White House officials answered questions about the Biden administration’s delay in informing the public about the discovery of the documents (the first batch of documents was found in November 2022). Spokesman Ian Sams said that the White House chose to not release information out of respect for the ongoing Justice Department investigation. “I understand that there is tension between protecting and safeguarding the integrity of an ongoing investigation with providing information publicly,” Sams said. “In terms of contents, in terms of numbers, in terms of the specifics related to the materials itself, we just can’t address that, because these have been handed over to the proper authorities. And these will be part of the ongoing investigation by the Justice Department,” he continued.
- In addition to the Department of Justice investigation being handled by special counsel Robert Hur, congressional committees are also seeking information about the classified documents. Chair of the House Oversight Committee James Comer (R-KY) indicated that his committee will launch an investigation into the matter. Thus far, Comer has requested information from the National Archives and the White House Counsel’s office. In addition, Comer asked White House chief of staff Ron Klain to provide visitor logs from Biden’s Wilmington home. In response, Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said his agency doesn’t track visitors at Biden’s private home. Meanwhile, Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Mark Warner (D-VA) is also seeking information on the matter. “Our system of classification exists in order to protect our most important national security secrets, and we expect to be briefed on what happened both at Mar-a-Lago and at the Biden office as part of our constitutional oversight obligations,” Warner said.
House Republicans are poised to launch a number of other investigations into President Biden, his family, and his administration.
- The House Oversight Committee has initiated an expansive probe into President Biden’s and his family’s business dealings. “The Biden family business model is built on Joe Biden’s political career and connections with Joe Biden as the ‘chairman of the board.’ Biden family members sold access for profit around the world to the detriment of American interests. If President Biden is compromised by deals with foreign adversaries and they are impacting his decision making, this is a threat to national security,” Committee Chairman Comer said.
- House Republicans are also reportedly considering launching an impeachment inquiry into Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, relating to his handling of issues at the U.S.-Mexico border. “If anybody is a prime candidate for impeachment in this town, it’s Mayorkas,” Comer said. Only one cabinet secretary has been impeached in U.S. history — Secretary of War William Belknap in 1876. The House Judiciary Committee would handle impeachment processes.
- The House Committee on Foreign Affairs has launched a probe into the August 2021 military withdrawal from Afghanistan. Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) has requested that the Biden administration provide documents, communications, and other information related to the withdrawal.
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