On Tuesday (January 17), the National Archives relayed to House Republicans that it would first need to consult the Department of Justice to determine if it could share documents related to the discovery of classified documents in Biden’s possession.
In a letter to the chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, Rep. James Comer (R-KY.), acting Archivist Debra Steidel Wall, explained that the Archive would have to determine if sharing information would jeopardize the Justice Department’s probe.
Comer has promised the Committee would be probing the finances of Biden and his family — taking particular interest in investigating Hunter Biden and the recent discovery of the Obama administration classified documents Biden was found to be storing in unauthorized locations.
Commencing the investigation into the latter, Comer sent the National Archives a letter last week. In the letter, the Kentucky Republican requested the Archives hand over all communication it had with Biden’s legal team, the White House, and the DOJ regarding the discovery of the classified documents at an office Biden had at the Penn Biden Center in Washington.
In her response, Wall expressed having a “desire” to provide House Republicans with as much information as possible but highlighted that the Archive had to “protect Executive branch equities,” pointing to the DOJ investigation.
Wall added that the Department had indicated it would first “need to consult with the newly appointed Office of Special Counsel (SCO)” to ascertain if sharing the information Comer was requesting would interfere with the investigation led by the Special Counsel.
Since Comer sent his letter, more documents have been uncovered in unauthorized locations, bringing the total to approximately 20 documents, but figures remain unconfirmed.