Following the revelation that classified documents dating from the Obama administration were recently found in President Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home, demands have been made to know who, exactly, has been coming and going from that residence since Biden took office.
Both the Biden White House and U.S. Secret Service have insisted that no such visitor log records exist for the president’s Wilmington home, the Conservative Brief reported.
However, some House Republicans dispute that claim as being highly unlikely and have reiterated their demands for transparency from the Biden White House about who the president is meeting and doing business with during his frequent vacations and weekend retreats to Delaware.
No visitor logs for Wilmington residence
Fox News reported that the White House Counsel’s Office said on Monday that it did not possess any visitor logs for President Biden’s home in Wilmington.
“Like every President in decades of modern history, his personal residence is personal,” the White House Counsel’s Office said in a statement. “But upon taking office, President Biden restored the norm and tradition of keeping White House visitors logs, including publishing them regularly, after the previous administration ended them.”
Similarly, the U.S. Secret Service said in a statement on Sunday that while it kept a protection detail at the president’s Wilmington home, it did not keep track of who was coming and going from that residence. Agency spokesman Anthony Guglielmi explained, “We don’t independently maintain our own visitor logs because it’s a private residence.”
Not everybody is buying those claims, though, such as House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-KY), who on Sunday sent a letter to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain to formally demand transparency and a release of visitor logs pertaining to President Biden’s homes in Delaware, Fox News noted.
“Given the serious national security implications, the White House must provide the Wilmington residence’s visitor log,” the Kentucky congressman said in that letter to Klain. “As Chief of Staff, you are head of the Executive Office of the President and bear responsibility to be transparent with the American people on these important issues related to the White House’s handling of this matter.”
The demand for visitor logs has become a top priority in the immediate wake of last week’s revelations that classified documents from the Obama administration had been found in an office Biden used to use at the Penn Biden Center think tank in Washington D.C. as well as in the garage of his Wilmington home.
Claim of no records a “bunch of malarkey”
Of course, while there is renewed urgency in the matter following the discovery of the classified documents, the demand for transparency with regard to visitor logs for the Wilmington residence is nothing new, according to a separate report from Fox News in October 2022.
At that time, and in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from the New York Post, the Secret Service had stated that a search for such visitor logs in its records had come up empty — a claim that Rep. Comer at that time had dismissed as “a bunch of malarkey,” to borrow the president’s favorite retort.
“President Biden has spent a large amount of time at his Delaware residence since assuming office,” Comer said in a statement at that time, according to the Washington Examiner. “Americans deserve to know who President Biden is meeting with, especially since we know that he routinely met with Hunter’s business associates during his time as vice president. The Biden Administration must provide transparency to the American people.”
Record of visitors “exists somewhere”
Also expressing disbelief at that Secret Service claim in Oct. 2022 was Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC), per the Examiner, who pointed out that every single person who comes “into close proximity with the President, in an official or personal capacity, is screened by the Secret Service” and that records of such screenings, which would seemingly double as a visitors log, “exists somewhere.”
“It’s bad if there is official business being conducted and they aren’t telling us with who,” the South Carolina congresswoman said at that time. “It’s even worse the Administration is using the Secret Service to excuse its complete and total lack of transparency.”