(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) The United States National Archives has ignored and missed the House Oversight Committee’s deadline to turn over information about President Joe Biden’s mishandled classified documents, Axios reported.
The committee requested that the National Archives turn in the information by Tuesday, Jan. 24, which came and passed with no word from the Archives regarding the four batches of illegal materials discovered in President Biden’s home.
Some of the materials date back to Biden’s time in the U.S. Senate, which ended in 2009, when he assumed the vice presidency.
Per committee spokesman, the USNA’s refusal to cooperate has dragged the investigation from Oversight Chair James Comer, R-Ky., to a halt.
“Chairman Comer’s request still stands and anticipates moving forward with a transcribed interview with NARA’s general counsel soon,” the spokesman noted.
However, the USNA, noted on Jan. 18 that, due to Attorney General Merrick Garland’s appointment of a special counsel, that counsel would have to approve any information turned over to Republicans in Congress.
Considerable speculation has arisen that special counsel Robert Hur’s appointment may have been part of a DOJ effort to cover up the crimes and thwart the oversight of the new House GOP majority rather than to investigate them for possible prosecution.
But the lack of transparency has fueled even more questions about the handling of the documents as they pass from one administrative-state official to another.
Thus far, the White House response, led by press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, has been to avoid any straight answers concerning the nature of the classified documents or the president’s mishandling of those documents.
“After the special counsel was named, but before the FBI searched, President Biden went to his house in Wilmington. What was he doing in there?” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked.
“I would refer you to the White House Counsel’s Office,” Jean-Pierre responded.
“So, something relating to this case,” Doocy questioned.
“I would refer you to the White House Counsel’s Office,” Jean-Pierre unhelpfully repeated, continuing on to repeat the same line two more times.