Answer. James Comer (R-KY) apparently didn’t know on Sunday the difference between the investigations into the former President Donald Trump and when it was Vice President Joe Biden handle secret filerepeatedly using TV appearances to quote information that makes the presenter seem confused.
Newly appointed chairman of the House Oversight Committee appeared on CNN State of the Union, tell the landlord Jake Tapper that he wanted more information about who had access to documents found at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, and his personal office at Biden’s former DC advisor.
“My concern is that a special counsel has been summoned, but a few hours later we still have the president’s personal attorneys, who do not have a security clearance, still rummaging through the residence of the president. president to look things up,” Comer said. “It would essentially be a crime scene, so to speak, after appointing a special counsel. So we have a lot of questions for the National Archives, we have a lot of questions for the Department of Justice, and hopefully we’ll get answers soon.”
Comer’s first assertion has no basis in fact. White House Attorney Richard Sauber, who holds a security clearance, said Saturday that he discovered five documents marked as top secret while accompanying ministry officials on a looking for a home on Thursday. Sauber’s presence there instead of Biden’s personal attorney was not noted by Comer, a fact that would negate the political impact he sought to exert.
Comer stressed that he could not say whether Biden or members of his team broke the law, noting that those assessments could not be made without an investigation. But he has claimed that Biden acted hypocritically criticizing Trump’s mishandling of the documents — though he declined to credit the differences that led to Trump’s appointment of special counsel, a the Tapper line pushed him.
“There is a big difference in how President Biden and his team react and how President Trump and his team react. The FBI searched Mar-a-Lago because Trump, for over a year, refused to turn over the documents to the National Archives and the Department of Justice, which are trying to get them back into safe hands,” Tapper said. speak. “Trump and his lawyers lied about it. Trump lied about not having classified documents.”
That seemed to baffle Comer, and he stated that he believes Trump is working with the National Archives to turn over the documents and that the dispute is merely over whether the documents should be distributed. type or not. A search warrant reveals the Justice Department is investigating Trump for obstruction of justice and violations of the Espionage Act.
“As we have heard the president say before, the president has the authority to declassify documents. The question is whether the president actually declassified the documents. The Vice President has no authority to declassify—”
But Comer was interrupted by Tapper, who rightly said that the vice president had the power to declassify the documents. That was given by a administrative decree of 2009 signed by President Barack Obama, which included the vice president among those with “original categorical authority.” Those with that designation can, in order, initiate the declassification process.
However, Comer did try to link the episode to potential links between Biden and China.
After pledging that his committee would investigate the Biden family’s ties to China, Comer strangely claimed that the University of Pennsylvania had funneled millions of dollars it received from Chinese sources through Chinese sources. consulting organization of the Penn Biden Center. This is yet another example of how Biden and his family have been compromised, he claimed. (University of Pennsylvania told Washington Free Beacon on Wednesday that the Penn Biden Center is solely funded by the university and does not receive gifts from foreign organizations.)
“What the American people will see from our investigation is an anonymous donation pattern to Hunter’s business dealings, to the Biden Center, to the hunter of art sold at the gallery. art in New York,” said Comer. “There’s a pattern here of anonymous sources of money flowing into the Bidens’ pockets and Biden’s interests and that’s very disturbing. This is a national security risk.”
The connection confused even Tapper and only reinforced a posture Republicans took after the release of the document: investigate Biden with full force and at all costs.