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Hey stupid, back off on the Biden doc investigation!

You know what people want. Let's see. Not another stupid document investigation that goes nowhere. How about addressing some real sheet!

I contrast this to the Hunter Biden stuff that is a story with some real legs. That may go somewhere. Go team!

House GOP Seeks Biden Residence Visitor Logs as Classified-Document Saga Continues

White House said Saturday further documents were discovered in Wilmington

Republicans want to see visitor logs from the home of President Biden, who was at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta on Sunday.

By Daniella Cheslow, WSJ

Updated Jan. 15, 2023 1:15 pm ET

House Republicans are seeking two years of visitor logs from President Biden’s Delaware home as part of a push for more details about documents marked as classified that were found in Mr. Biden’s home and at a Washington office he used after his vice presidency.

“Given the serious national security implications, the White House must provide the Wilmington residence’s visitor log,” House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R., Ky.) wrote in a Sunday letter to White House chief of staff Ron Klain.

Mr. Comer also requested documentation of searches Biden aides conducted, including the identity of the aides and the dates of their searches.

The White House declined to comment on whether it would comply with the request. Mr. Biden was in Atlanta to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with an appearance at Dr. King’s Ebenezer Baptist Church. The White House publishes visitor logs for visits to the White House, renewing a practice that the Trump administration had discontinued, but doesn’t release logs for visits to Mr. Biden’s residences elsewhere.

The White House confirmed last week a CBS report that Mr. Biden’s attorneys found documents marked as classified on Nov. 2 at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, a Washington think tank. The Biden administration said the president’s lawyers turned the documents over to the National Archives a day later.

In December, aides to Mr. Biden found additional classified documents in the garage of the president’s home in Wilmington. Another document was found in January at the residence, and on Saturday the White House said five additional classified pages were found there as well.

Mr. Comer has launched an investigation, saying his committee had concerns Mr. Biden “has compromised sources and methods with his own mishandling of classified documents.”

The revelations of the documents have drawn comparisons to the FBI’s warrant-backed search of former President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida amid a criminal investigation into the handling of classified materials found there. Agents seized more than 11,000 documents from the residence in August, including roughly 100 marked as classified, after a monthslong effort to get Mr. Trump’s team to relinquish documents. The Justice Department appointed Special Counsel Jack Smith to take over that investigation.

On Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Robert Hur as a separate special counsel to examine the discovery of the documents marked as classified at Mr. Biden’s home and think-tank office.

On Sunday Rep. Jamie Raskin (D., Md.), the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, said he approved of Mr. Hur’s appointment.

“All we’re looking for is equal treatment,” Mr. Raskin said on CNN.

Democrats note that the search of Mar-a-Lago came after extensive negotiations between the National Archives and Mr. Trump’s team for the return of the documents, and the National Archives enlisted the Justice Department. Mr. Biden’s lawyers approached the National Archives when the first documents were discovered and have said they are fully cooperating with the relevant authorities.

Republicans have accused the Biden administration of handling the two cases of classified documents with different rules. “There’s always this double standard,” said Rep. Jim Jordan (R., Ohio), chair of the House Judiciary Committee, speaking Sunday on Fox News.

On Friday Mr. Jordan announced his committee would investigate the Justice Department’s actions regarding Mr. Biden’s possession of classified material, including questioning why the discovery of the documents in November, before the midterm elections, wasn’t revealed until January. The White House has said repeatedly it is being transparent in its disclosures and the Justice Department has declined to comment on the congressional probes.

Sabrina Siddiqui contributed to this article.

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