Republicans Want Biden Home Visitor Logs – But Not Trump’s

The House Republicans are calling for the release of visitor logs for President Joe Biden’s home in Delaware. 

The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee James Comer (Ky) on Sunday demanded visitor logs for Biden’s house in Wilmington, Delaware, after classified documents were found in his office and garage.

“Without a list of individuals who have visited his residence, the American people will never know who had access to these highly sensitive documents,” Representative James Comer said in a letter to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain dated Sunday.

Comer’s letter came a day after the White House said more classified documents from the Obama administration had been found at the president’s Wilmington residence after two batches of records had been previously disclosed. 

However, they have never requested the same from former president Donald Trump, despite trying to compare the document cases. 

Republicans are trying to compare the Biden documents case, which involves material from his time as vice president, with that of former President Donald Trump, who faces a federal criminal probe of how he handled classified documents after he left the White House in 2021. 

Legal experts say there are stark contrasts between the two cases.

Comer said he would not seek visitor logs for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, where thousands of documents were found in an FBI raid. Some of the documents were even labeled top secret. 

In the Biden case, the president’s lawyers informed the National Archives and Justice Department about finding a small number of documents at a think tank in Washington and later at Biden’s Wilmington home.

In Trump’s case, the National Archives tried for more than a year after Trump left office to retrieve all of the records he retained, without success. When Trump finally returned 15 boxes of documents in January 2022, Archives officials discovered they contained classified materials. Trump’s lawyers handed over more material after the matter was referred to the Department of Justice, and said there were no more documents on the premises of the Florida estate. 

But that was not true.  In the end, the FBI recovered an additional 13,000 documents, about 100 of which were marked classified, from the estate.

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