House GOP call for Univ. of Delaware to allow access to Biden’s Senate records in search for classified documents

House Republicans had already announced their intent to investigate President Joe Biden’s apparent unauthorized possession of classified documents dated from his time as vice president in the Obama administration, but that imminent probe may have just been expanded.

Following the recent discovery of classified documents from Biden’s time as a senator in his Delaware home, some House Republicans are now demanding a search of his Senate records that are archived under seal at the University of Delaware, Fox News reported.

The obvious thought process here is that if Biden improperly retained and stored classified documents at his home or former office, instead of with the National Archives as is required by law, it stands to reason that he may also have improperly included classified documents in the Senate records stashed with the university.

Classified records from Biden’s time as senator recovered in DOJ search

Politico reported that the Justice Department conducted a 13-hour search of President Biden’s Wilmington home on Friday and recovered six “items” that contained an undisclosed number of classified materials, which are in addition to prior discoveries of classified documents in that private residence as well as his former office at the Penn Biden Center think tank in Washington D.C.

Among the materials seized on Friday, according to Biden’s personal attorney Bob Bauer, were classified documents and paperwork that were dated to his time as a senator and vice president, as well as personally handwritten notes from his time as vice president.

Given that revelation of the inclusion of Biden’s senatorial papers, Fox News reported that several House Republicans are now calling for a thorough search of Biden’s Senate records that were “gifted” to the University of Delaware Library for safekeeping more than a decade ago.

According to the University of Delaware Library’s website, then-Vice President Biden gave roughly 1,850 boxes of materials from his time as a senator to the university in 2012 to be archived and eventually displayed to the public, albeit only after two years have elapsed from the official end of Biden’s public service, per an agreement reached at that time.

Whether that agreement to prohibit public access to the collection can withstand or even includes subpoenas issued by Congress or the DOJ is unclear, but may soon be tested.

House Republicans demand scrutiny of Senate records stored at university

“No stone should be left unturned and every single establishment that is associated with Joe Biden must be searched,” Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-NJ) told Fox News. “More documents are being revealed day by day, so they all must be examined in order for investigations to be thoroughly conducted.”

“We need to know what classified material President Biden unlawfully removed during his time as senator and Vice President, and exactly how many classified documents were removed,” he added. “House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan has already announced that we will be conducting a probe into the Justice Department’s handling of classified documents; it is time for this administration to be honest and transparent with Congress and the American people.”

Rep. Ben Cline (R-VA) told the outlet that just “as we didn’t know that President Biden had stored classified documents at the Penn Biden Center and at his Wilmington home, we don’t know if any of the papers Biden donated to the University of Delaware from his U.S. Senate days contain classified information,” and added, “We must make sure all documents are recovered and thoroughly examined, instead of finding additional documents here, there, and everywhere.”

The “President has demonstrated a concerning lack of care when handling classified documents at seemingly all stages of his career,” Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) told Fox News. “Therefore, authorities must investigate other potentially mishandled materials that could pose a significant threat to our national security.”

The outlet further noted that a spokesperson for Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) said the congressman believes the documents held at the university “should definitely be looked through,” and quipped, “At this point, where doesn’t Biden have classified documents?”

Whether a GOP-led congressional committee tries to force the university to provide access to Biden’s Senate records or if it will require the intervention of the DOJ and perhaps even federal courts is unclear, but it is a safe assumption that this issue won’t be going away any time soon, nor is it wrong to suggest that this continuously developing classified documents scandal has exposed Biden’s presidency to increasingly real danger.

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