The Biden administration is attempting to keep visitors’ records of President Joe Biden’s Delaware homes hidden from the public.
The U.S. Secret Service has refused to turn over emails identifying visitors in response to a Freedom of Information Act filed, citing a federal appeals court ruling in New York regarding visitor information for former President Donald Trump’s residences.
“Please be advised that emails reflecting visitors to President Biden’s residences in Wilmington, Delaware, and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware are not agency records subject to the FOIA. See Doyle v. U.S. Dep’t of Homeland Sec., 959 F.3d 72 (2d Cir. 2020) (finding that emails regarding expected visitors to the sitting President’s residence were not agency records subject to the FOIA.),” the officer said in a letter.
The NY Post reported it had submitted its own FOIA request and that the Secret Service had stated earlier in the year that “no records were located” about Biden’s visits to Delaware.
Despite this, Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson have requested the Secret Service provide them with visitor logs.
The situation becomes more suspicious when you consider that classified documents were found haphazardly stored in Biden’s garage at his Wilmington residence—as well as at private offices he used at the Penn Biden Center in Washington D.C.—amid a scandal involving potential illegal possession of classified documents by Biden himself and his son, Hunter, who appears from recently released WhatsApp messages to suggest that his family is “best” at doing the bidding of the Chinese government.
The Secret Service said earlier this year it was “gathering” information about who visited Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, amid a scandal involving the president’s potential illegal possession of classified documents.
The Washington Examiner reported the demand includes information on “all individuals” who visited the residence as well as other places where Biden stashed classified documents, including a private office he used at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C.
The outlet noted further:
Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson wrote to the Secret Service on Monday in a letter first obtained by the Washington Examiner and requested the visitor logs. Now, the Secret Service said it is evaluating that letter and is “currently in the process of gathering” various information, as well as “working through appropriate channels” to locate what “may be responsive to Congressional inquiries.”
“We are in receipt of Senator Grassley’s letter and it is currently being reviewed,” Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Secret Service, told the outlet, which reported that he also said the USSS does not maintain “formal and comprehensive visitor logs for protected residences.”
“What I mean by that is there is not a system of validated visitor logs as you find at the White House or other government facilities that fall under the Presidential Records Act,” he noted further in a Wednesday email to the outlet.
This begs an important question: What is President Joe Biden trying to hide? It appears obvious that there are secrets being kept under wraps here, and it is equally apparent that they should be revealed for all Americans to see—not just those willing to look away simply because they voted for him or are part of his political party.
According to a Twitter post by the House Oversight Committee, which is chaired by Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), Hunter appears to have suggested that his family is the “best” at doing the bidding of the Chinese government.
The messages, dated July 30, 2017, were provided to the committee by IRS whistleblowers. They were exchanged between Hunter and Chinese energy company CEFC employee and translator Raymond Zhao, noting that the then-future first son was “sitting” with his dad, then-former Vice President Joe Biden, and the two “would like to understand why the commitment” to be paid up to $10 million “made has not been fulfilled.”
“Tell the director that I would like to resolve this now before it gets out of hand, and now means tonight,” Hunter told Zhao.
“And, Z, if I get a call or text from anyone involved in this other than you, Zhang or the chairman, I will make certain that between the man sitting next to me and every person he knows and my ability to forever hold a grudge that you will regret not following my direction,” the message added.
The lack of openness surrounding visitors’ records at President Joe Biden’s Delaware home raises serious questions about what he may be hiding and further demonstrates why it is so important for citizens across all parties and ideologies to demand accountability from our elected officials—no matter who they are or which party they belong too.
Erica Carlin is an independent journalist, opinion writer and contributor to several news and opinion sources. She is based in Georgia.