‘Where’s the raid? Where are the pictures?’ Republican Jim Jordan says White House and DOJ have multiple questions to answer after second ‘batch’ of Biden classified files were found in his Wilmington garage
- Key questions remain: what was the content and number of Biden records?
- How did the records arrive at the Washington, D.C. think tank?
- Why did the administration wait to announce their discovery?
- Still no word on second location of documents
House Judiciary Chair Rep. Jim Jordan furiously demanded answers from the Biden administration on Thursday morning after a second batch of classified files linked to the president were found.
The latest find comes just days after the first set of sensitive files were found at a D.C. office for his think tank and as Biden officials dodged questions on whether they were tracking down any other records.
‘Where’s the raid? Where’s the pictures? Where’s the special counsel? What’s a batch? What’s that mean? We know that’s more than one, so is this two documents, or 2,000 documents? What’s the location?’ Jordan fired off during an early morning interview on Fox & Friends.
House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan fired off a litany of questions he says the Biden administration needs to answer about classified files found
He asked ‘where’s the pictures?’ seemingly in response to federal agents taking photos of documents with classified markings recovered from Donald Trump’s resort
Republicans have been quick to compare the relatively low-key treatment of the Biden files to the high-profile FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Florida mansion, which saw dozens of classified and top secret records that had been improperly stored sent back to the National Archives.
‘The most important question,’ Jordan said, was why the initial 10 documents revealed earlier this week were not disclosed until now, despite being found on November 2, 2022.
‘The press was all over this when it was President Trump,’ Jordan said.
‘So, again, I think the double standard is obvious and then the tons of questions, I think every American has.’
Texas Rep. Troy Nehls called for a search warrant to be written and executed on Biden.
‘We need to get into his offices and look to see if there are even more documents. You found one batch, you find a second batch, there could be more out there. Let’s get a special prosecutor for him,’ Nehls said.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was hounded by reporters during her Wednesday briefing shortly before the article was published – and insisted that Biden takes classified documents and their retention ‘seriously’.
President Joe Biden said he was ‘surprised’ that classified documents were found in his former office at the Penn-Biden Center, a think tank in Washington, D.C.
On Wednesday, Jean-Pierre was asked by reporters whether Biden had looked into whether he might have possibly taken other documents to any other office he has or his homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth, Delaware.
She refused to provide an answer. ‘I’m just not going to speak to this. I’m going to let the process continue. It’s an ongoing process. And so, I’m just not going to, to speak to this from here. It is more prudent and more appropriate for my colleagues at the White House Counsel.’
Earlier in the week, it was reported that in November 2022, attorneys for the president discovered documents at his former office in the Penn-Biden Center in Washington, D.C., which he used after his time as vice president.
The documents were discovered in a locked closet while the lawyers were cleaning out the office to move out.
The White House acknowledged that Biden’s attorneys had found 10 documents with classified markings at an old office at a Washington, D.C. think tank, the president has been peppered with questions about the discovery.
The classified documents that appeared to be from the Obama administration were found on November 2 – before the midterm elections – though news of the documents did not come out until months later.
The D.C. office building where 10 classified documents were found at a former office of now President Joe Biden
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre would not go into further detail at a press briefing about classified documents found at a think tank office formerly used by President Joe Biden –
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, who sanctioned the FBI’s search warrant served at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, is being asked to do the same for President Biden and his handling of classified documents.
Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Fox News on Wednesday that Attorney General Merrick Garland should appoint a special counsel to handle the matter, as he did for the Trump investigations.
‘Garland, if you’re listening, if you thought it was necessary, attorney general, to appoint a special counsel regarding president trump, then you need to do the exact same thing regarding President Biden when it comes to handling classified information,’ the South Carolina Republican said.
Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri reacted to the news by simply tweeting out the words: ‘Special counsel.’
‘My question is with regard to the first batch, what did Merrick Garland know when they were discovered November 3, and he declared a special counsel for Trump on November 18?’ Rep. Mike Waltz, R-Fla., said to DailyMail.com.
‘Obviously, he had some knowledge and yet chose a special counsel, announced it, you know, had this entire rollout and no mention. What did he know?’
Waltz also questioned ‘who knew’ about the documents between November 3 and November 8, midterm Election Day.
‘The timing is incredibly suspicious,’ Waltz continued. ‘It’s got to be one of the world’s biggest coincidences, if not, politics, were involved.’
Biden was asked about the documents at the top of his trilateral press conference Tuesday in Mexico City, alongside Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The president said he was ‘surprised’ to find out classified documents were discovered in a box in a locked cabinet. But said his lawyers ‘did what they should have done.’
‘They immediately called the Archives – immediately called the Archives, turned them over to the Archives,’ the president said.
The documents were discovered on November 2 and handed over to the Archives on November 3.
Armed Secret Service agents stand outside an entrance to former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, late Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Florida while the FBI searched portion of his home for classified files taken from the White House
Former President Donald Trump says that Biden’s home should be ‘raided’ like his Mar-a-Lago estate in search of classified documents.
Garland appointed a special counsel to oversee the Trump investigation on November 18.
Biden said he didn’t know the content of the documents and that his lawyers suggested he not ask.
‘And we’re cooperating fully with the review,’ the president added.
Republicans have cried of a ‘double standard’ saying that Trump’s possession of classified documents made him the subject of a raid on Mar-a-Lago in August.
The Biden team has pointed out that in Trump’s case, the FBI was aware that Trump had not fully complied with a subpoena from the Archives to return all classified documents. In Biden’s case, the Archives was unaware of the missing documents.
Rep. Mike Turner from Ohio, the freshly appointed chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, contacted the Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, saying that Biden’s retention of the documents put him in ‘potential violation of laws protecting national security, including the Espionage Act and Presidential Records Act.’
White House documents and classified records are to be stored at the National Archives in Washington, DC according to the Presidential Records Act.