This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
There were those who labeled Joe Biden the “Hidin’ Biden” during his presidential campaign, over the many weeks he would conceal himself in his own home, only releasing video statements to Americans.
But all that was supposed to change in the White House, with his repeated promises of transparency.
An investigative report from the Washington Examiner reveals it hasn’t.
In fact, Biden is stonewalling even Democrats in Congress now.
It’s come about because of the GOP majority in the House, which promised voters members would be investigating a wide range of Biden agenda points and campaigns, and have been trying to do exactly that.
“Biden administration officials, however, have so far refused to cooperate on virtually every front,” the report said. “GOP lawmakers face the increasingly likely prospect of a protracted fight to get basic answers.”
The report explained more than half a dozen House committees have dispatched requests for information to the many federal bureaucracies. They’ve been investigating issues ranging from Hunter Biden’s business dealings – described by critics as essentially selling access to his father, to how COVID-19 shots were approved.
“Even several Democratic-controlled Senate committees have pushed the Biden administration for information — and, in some cases, expressed frustration with the result,” the report explained.
Because, “Biden administration officials have, to date, met some of the letters with silence.”
Or minimalist responses that don’t address the issues.
The report cited a request from the House Oversight Committee about the discovery of classified government papers in Joe Biden’s private foundation office. Classified documents also were found in multiple locations in his home, including in his garage next to his collectible Corvette.
The response from White House counsel Stuart Delery was that his office would consider “legitimate oversight interests” … and might provide details in the future.
Also, “The House Foreign Affairs Committee has blasted the State Department for failing to provide all but the most basic information about the administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2021,” the report said.
And, the report noted, House Oversight members said investigators have found that Biden family members got more than $1 million in payments linked to a Chinese company, a discovery that followed “months of stonewalling” from the Treasury.
“After two months of dragging their feet, the Treasury Department is finally providing us with access to the suspicious activity reports for the Biden family and their associates’ business transactions,” explained chairman James Comer, R-Ky.
He noted the reports involved – submitted by banks to Treasury regarding questionable and odd payments involving the Bidens – had been available to Congress for years, but Biden “changes the rules” to impose restrictions.
Among other questions – unanswered – were why the National Archives responded with a publicly aggressive attitude regarding President Trump and classified papers from his presidency found in his home – and reportedly worked to keep quiet details about similar papers found in Biden’s home.
A key difference in the cases is that Trump had the authority to declassify papers at will. Biden did not.
The report noted, “Frustration with the Biden administration’s refusal to cooperate has even bubbled over in the Democratic Senate,” as members of the Senate Intel Committee from both parties have said they are being blocked in their efforts to investigate those classified documents issues.