Lawsuit filed against National Archives to demand release of VP Biden's pseudonym emails

August 29, 2023
Ben Marquis

It was recently revealed and confirmed that President Joe Biden, during his prior tenure as vice president, used several pseudonyms while communicating via government email with and about his son Hunter Biden and his dubious foreign business dealings and alleged corrupt influence-peddlings.

Now a lawsuit has been filed against the National Archives and Records Administration to force the release of roughly 5,400 such documents in which Biden used one of three known pseudonyms in his communications, the Daily Wire reported.

The effort to fully expose President Biden comes in tandem with a similar push by House Republicans led by Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY) as part of the broader quest for evidence that, contrary to his oft-repeated denials, Biden was well aware of and even involved in his son's questionable international financial ventures.

FOIA lawsuit filed against NARA over Biden pseudonym documents

In a Monday press release, the Southeastern Legal Foundation announced that it had filed a federal lawsuit against the National Archives for any and all emails in which then-Vice President Biden used any of three known aliases and pseudonyms, including the names "Robin Ware, Robert L. Peters, and JRB Ware."

The SLF initially asked NARA to release all of the former vice president's emails in 2021 but were denied at that time and told that, since NARA had only taken possession of Biden's vice presidential records in 2017, nothing could be released until at least 2022.

Thus, in June 2022, a Freedom of Information Act request was filed, but even though NARA has since admitted that an estimated 5,400 documents fit the FOIA request, "NARA has dragged its feet and still has not produced a single email." Hence, the federal lawsuit that has now been filed.

SLF General Counsel Kimberly Hermann said in a statement, "All too often, public officials abuse their power by using it for their personal or political benefit. When they do, many seek to hide it. The only way to preserve governmental integrity is for NARA to release Biden’s nearly 5,400 emails to SLF and thus the public. The American public deserves to know what is in them."

She is joined by SLF Litigation Director Braden Boucek, who said, "Public transparency is the most vital check the citizens have for holding our political class accountable. After over a year of trying to work with NARA, its continued unreasonable delays have forced SLF to file this lawsuit."

House Oversight Committee also seeking Biden pseudonym documents

As the SLF press release noted, a similar effort to uncover and expose President Biden's prior use of pseudonyms in government emails in relation to his son Hunter Biden's business dealings is already underway by the Republican-led House Oversight Committee.

Earlier in August, the committee announced that Chairman Comer had sent a letter to the head of NARA to formally request that certain pertinent documents and communications be turned over to the committee as part of its ongoing investigation into the Biden family, particularly in relation to Hunter Biden's employment on the board of Ukrainian energy firm Burisma as well as communications with or about Hunter's business associates.

Specifically, Comer is seeking "all unredacted documents and communications in which then-Vice President Joe Biden used a pseudonym; Hunter Biden, Eric Schwerin, or Devon Archer is copied; and all drafts of then-Vice President Biden’s speech delivered to the Ukrainian Rada in December 2015."

Deadline of August 31 set for NARA to comply with Comer's request

In a statement, Comer said, "Joe Biden has stated there was 'an absolute wall' between his family’s foreign business schemes and his duties as Vice President, but evidence reveals that access was wide open for his family’s influence peddling."

"We already have evidence of then-Vice President Biden speaking, dining, and having coffee with his son’s foreign business associates. We also know that Hunter Biden and his associates were informed of then-Vice President Biden’s official government duties in countries where they had a financial interest," the chairman added. "The National Archives must provide these unredacted records to further our investigation into the Biden family’s corruption."

In that letter dated August 17, Comer set a deadline of August 31 for NARA to comply with the request, and though there was no explicit mention of congressional subpoenas, it should nonetheless be clear that such legal tools to force compliance will be the next step if NARA declines to voluntarily comply with the chairman's request.

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