(Ken Silva, Headline USA) The Department of Justice has told National Archives officials to not speak publicly about President Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified documents from when he was vice president, according to Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability.
Comer revealed this Wednesday to Fox News broadcaster Sean Hannity, following a closed interview his committee conducted with National Archives general counsel Gary Stern. The committee has yet to release a transcription of the interview, but Comer recounted some of what was said to Hannity.
Comer said that shortly before the interview started, his committee received a letter from the DOJ stating that Stern wasn’t allowed to speak about the Biden classified documents.
“But we went ahead, and we had about a three plus hour transcribed interview with the general counsel and what we learned was there is a double standard here with how President Trump was treated vs. Joe Biden,” Comer said.
“I’ll give you an example, Sean. If you go on the National Archives website, there’s pages and pages of press releases and information about the FBI’s raid into Mar-a-Lago and Donald Trump’s possession of classified documents, but there’s nothing on the website about Joe Biden,” he added.
Comer said he asked Stern why the National Archives hasn’t issued statements about the Biden docs, and Stern said he was ordered to remain silent. When asked who ordered him to stay quiet, Stern allegedly replied, “I can’t tell you that,” according to Comer.
“There are only two people who could have given him those orders, and that is either the Department of Justice with Merrick Garland or the White House with Joe Biden,” Comer told Hannity.
The House oversight chairman suggested that the suppression of information about Biden’s classified documents could have been intended to influence the midterm elections last November.
“We wouldn’t even know about the fact that Joe Biden had classified documents in his possession were it not for a leak to CBS news. We would never have heard it from this White House,” he said. “They would have covered it up forever like all the other cover-ups they’re doing with every major part of our investigation into the Biden family influence peddling.”
Ken Silva is a staff writer at Headline USA. Follow him at twitter.com/jd_cashless.