Republican asks Pentagon if Biden classified document discovery threatens national security

Republican asks Pentagon if Biden classified document discovery threatens national security: GOP ramps up pressure on White House by demanding intelligence briefings and calling on Congress to investigate

  • House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers wrote the letter
  • Rogers gave Defense officials until January 25 to say whether the documents found at the Penn Biden Center affected national security or harmed Americans
  • President Joe Biden himself said he is taking the matter ‘seriously’ 

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers sent a letter to Biden Defense officials on Thursday demanding a national security assessment regarding classified files found in the president's old office

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers sent a letter to Biden Defense officials on Thursday demanding a national security assessment regarding classified files found in the president’s old office

Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers on Thursday asked the Pentagon to look into whether the classified files discovered in President Joe Biden‘s old private office present a threat to national security.

It comes amid growing pressure from the right to disclose more details on the documents, such as what they are and who had access to them.

House Republicans have already threatened to use their new majority to launch investigations into the matter if the Biden administration does not respond swiftly to requests for information.

In a letter to top Defense officials, Rogers demanded to know whether Americans were ‘placed in harm’s way’ by Biden’s possession of classified documents from his vice presidency.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Thursday that he was appointing a special counsel to look into the situation. 

‘It is critical to assess whether possible national security damage, particularly to [Department of Defense equities, resulted from any improper storage, handling, or disclosure of classified information stored in a closet of a non-governmental entity like the Biden Center,’ Rogers wrote.

‘Moreover, it is also necessary to determine whether highly classified material found in the closet might have potentially placed Americans in harm’s way if disclosed to those without the requisite clearance or need to know or accessed by individuals intending malfeasance or worse.’ 

The first batch of documents was found by Biden’s private lawyers on November 2, 2022 when cleaning out a private office he used at the Penn Biden Center, a Washington, DC think tank affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. 

President Joe Biden said he was taking the matter 'seriously' while White House officials fend off growing scrutiny

President Joe Biden said he was taking the matter ‘seriously’ while White House officials fend off growing scrutiny

The existence of a second batch was reported on Wednesday and confirmed by the White House on Thursday afternoon. A statement from the White House Counsel’s Office revealed they were found in a room adjacent to Biden’s home garage in Wilmington, Delaware.

Rogers’ letter, which specifically refers to the first incident with files found at the Penn Biden Center, gives Defense officials until January 25 to respond.

‘It is imperative this Committee be kept informed about the nature of the classified data if it touches upon servicemembers’ safety, DOD’s operations, or the protection of DOD assets,’ the Armed Services chairman stated.

Rogers demanded the Pentagon disclose ‘the subject matter’ of each classified document and their level of secrecy, a list of all the people who knew they were there and have accessed them since, and various communications and documentation related to their transfer and existence.

‘Thank you for your immediate attention to a developing matter that has presumably been on your radar for some time now,’ the Alabama congressman wrote.

The letter asks Pentagon officials to respond by January 25 with the requested documents and communications

The letter asks Pentagon officials to respond by January 25 with the requested documents and communications

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer sent a pair of letters on Tuesday also inquiring into the classified documents. One was addressed to the National Archives, while the other was aimed at the White House Counsel’s office.

He told reporters on Capitol Hill that he still has not heard back as of Thursday afternoon.

Biden officials have largely avoided going into details on the matter.

The president himself said during a Tuesday press conference that he takes the matter ‘seriously’ and is ‘cooperating fully’ with the Justice Department.

In the first batch were reportedly intelligence memos and records regarding Ukraine, the United Kingdom and Iran. All 10 classified pages were reportedly from 2013 through 2016.

But the majority of the documents recovered were intimate family records including pages discussing funeral arrangements for Biden’s son Beau.

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