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Obama office won’t say whether it will conduct a search for classified documents


By Patrick Hauf | Fox News | Published January 24, 2023 3:20pm EST

Read more at https://www.foxnews.com/politics/obama-office-wont-say-conduct-search-classified-documents

Former President Barack Obama’s office declined to answer questions about whether it is searching for classified documents at his residences after documents have now been found in the homes and offices of President Biden, former President Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence.

We have nothing for you at this time,” Hannah Hankins, the communications director for Obama, told Fox News Digital when asked if searches for classified material were underway.

REPUBLICANS CALL FOR SEARCH OF BIDEN’S SENATE PAPERS: ‘NO STONE SHOULD BE LEFT UNTURNED’

Former President Obama's office declined to comment on if they are searching for classified documents at his residences.
Former President Obama’s office declined to comment on if they are searching for classified documents at his residences. (Screenshot/YouTube)

Five batches of classified documents from President Biden have been discovered since November from his time as Obama’s vice president. One batch was located at the Penn Biden Center and four at his Wilmington, Delaware, residence. A special counsel investigation into the matter was launched in January by Attorney General Merrick Garland.

BIDEN’S OFFICE WAS CONCERNED ABOUT ‘POLITICAL SENSITIVITIES’ OF RELEASING SENATE PAPERS, 2010 EMAIL REVEALS

Five batches of classified documents have been located at President Biden's residences.
Five batches of classified documents have been located at President Biden’s residences. (Anna Moneymaker)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida to recover classified documents in August. Former Vice President Mike Pence informed Congress Tuesday that classified documents were discovered at his Carmel, Indiana, residence.

COMER WILL ‘CONTINUE TO PRESS’ FOR INFO ON BIDEN DOCS SCANDAL AFTER WHITE HOUSE SAYS NO VISITOR LOGS IN DE

Former Vice President Mike Pence informed Congress Tuesday that classified documents were discovered at his Carmel, Indiana residence.
Former Vice President Mike Pence informed Congress Tuesday that classified documents were discovered at his Carmel, Indiana residence. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

The office of former President George W. Bush said he turned over all classified documents upon leaving the White House.

Obama has residences in four cities, according to Homes & Gardens: Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts; and New York City.

Patrick Hauf is a politics writer for Fox News Digital.

Former top FBI official spills the beans when he advises Biden’s DOJ to obstruct Congress on Biden classified docs


By: CHRIS ENLOE | January 17, 2023

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Andrew McCabe, a former top FBI official, is advising the Biden administration not to cooperate with congressional inquiry into President Joe Biden’s improper retention of classified documents. Such obstinance, McCabe boasted last Friday, “could drag things out.”

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan announced last Friday an investigation into President Joe Biden’s alleged “mishandling” of classified documents. The investigation will focus on “conducting oversight of the Justice Department’s actions” regarding the discovery of the classified documents. Jordan wrote in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland:

It is unclear when the Department first came to learn about the existence of these documents, and whether it actively concealed this information from the public on the eve of the 2022 elections. … It is also unclear what interactions, if any, the Department had with President Biden or his representatives about his mishandling of classified material. The Department’s actions here appear to depart from how it acted in similar circumstances.

Speaking with Anderson Cooper on CNN, McCabe said that Garland should not cooperate with congressional oversight.

“I certainly would advise them, if they were willing to listen to my advice, I would advise them to take a very hard line against that,” McCabe said of cooperating with congressional oversight.

There is a clear precedent here of not sharing information, from an ongoing criminal investigation, with Congress. And I think the DOJ is in a very strong position to resist on those grounds,” he continued. “Who knows what comes of that resistance? Maybe DOJ leadership starts getting subpoenaed. And ultimately, that fight will end up in the courts. And that could drag things out.”

Ironically, what McCabe said is the exact reason why Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) admitted he is “not a fan” of special counsel investigations.

“I think the way we handle these investigations of wrongdoing — I’ll call it that — in the political realm is we just do it completely backwards. I think Congress ought to be able to have access to all the information — do their oversight,” Johnson said Sunday on “Meet the Press.”

“If there is evidence of wrongdoing, then we should refer that to the Justice Department. Then the investigation should take place,” he explained. “What happens nowadays is the investigation begins, Congress never gets access to the information, and as a result, the American public never understands the truth of these situations.”

Biden classified docs scandal: Watchdog files ethics complaint over White House Counsel’s Office Involvement


By Houston Keene | Fox News | January 17, 2023

Read more at https://www.foxnews.com/politics/biden-classified-docs-scandal-watchdog-files-ethics-complaint-white-house-counsels-office-involvement

FIRST ON FOX: A government watchdog filed a federal complaint over the involvement of the White House Counsel’s office in President Biden’s growing classified documents scandal. Fox News Digital has learned that government watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) filed their complaint with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics on Tuesday.

“The American public will not tolerate a two-tiered system of justice – with well-connected insiders subject to a lower standard of scrutiny than the normal citizen,” PPT director Mike Chamberlain said in a statement to Fox News Digital.

5 MORE CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS FOUND AT BIDEN’S DELAWARE HOME, WHITE HOUSE LAWYER SAYS

Protect the Public's Trust, a government watchdog, filed a federal complaint over the White House Counsel’s Office’s involvement in President Biden’s growing classified documents scandal.
Protect the Public’s Trust, a government watchdog, filed a federal complaint over the White House Counsel’s Office’s involvement in President Biden’s growing classified documents scandal. (Screenshot)

“President Biden promised the most ethical and transparent administration in history,” Chamberlain said. “If the White House compounded a scandal involving possible mishandling of classified documents by improperly using taxpayer resources for his personal benefit and putting White House attorneys in positions that created conflicts of interest, we could be witnessing a serious betrayal of the public’s already-plummeting trust.”

“It also creates the spectre of possible obstruction of a congressional investigation, depending on the legal basis for the intervention and any future privileges claimed by the White House on this escalating scandal,” he added.

In the complaint, which was first obtained by Fox News Digital, PPT alleged that “taxpayer resources may have been inappropriately used by senior White House lawyers, including Special Counsel to the President Richard Sauber, to personally benefit Joe Biden.”

SCHUMER, MANCHIN, HUNTER: BIDEN’S WILMINGTON HOME SAW FREQUENT VISITORS WHILE CLASSIFIED DOCS WERE STASHED

In the complaint exclusively obtained by Fox News Digital, PPT alleged they "believe taxpayer resources may have been inappropriately used by senior White House lawyers, including Special Counsel to the President Richard Sauber, to personally benefit Joe Biden."
In the complaint exclusively obtained by Fox News Digital, PPT alleged they “believe taxpayer resources may have been inappropriately used by senior White House lawyers, including Special Counsel to the President Richard Sauber, to personally benefit Joe Biden.” (The Image Direct for Fox News Digital)

“We further believe that the apparent representation of Mr. Biden by the White House Counsel’s Office in this matter creates an untenable conflict of interest for that office,” the complaint reads.

“The result, intended or not, could be to reduce transparency into the mishandling of state secrets and foreclose disclosure of communications between White House Counsel staff while acting on behalf of Joe Biden in his capacity as a citizen facing the prospect of criminal prosecution,” it continues.

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, weighed in on the complaint, asking why the president’s special counsel was with Department of Justice (DOJ) officials gathering the classified documents.

Why was White House Special Counsel Richard Sauber accompanying DOJ officials while they collected classified documents at the Biden residence?” Jordan asked. “Mr. Sauber’s role raises serious concerns about the integrity of the Justice Department’s investigation.

The White House did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.

The complaint comes as Biden weathers the growing classified documents scandal that saw the discovery of two batches of documents in the Penn Biden Center and the president’s Wilmington, Delaware garage next to his Corvette.
The complaint comes as Biden weathers the growing classified documents scandal that saw the discovery of two batches of documents in the Penn Biden Center and the president’s Wilmington, Delaware garage next to his Corvette. (Joe Biden for President)

The complaint comes as Biden weathers the growing scandal that saw the discovery of two batches of documents in the Penn Biden Center and the president’s Wilmington, Delaware garage next to his Corvette.

The White House has also been under fire for the lack of visitors logs at the president’s Delaware home. They told Fox News Digital on Monday that the logs do not exist.

George Washington University (GWU) law professor Jonathan Turley says that President Joe Biden’s lawyers are “likely witnesses in a criminal investigation” as the probe into Biden’s handling of classified documents continues.

Houston Keene is a politics writer for Fox News Digital.  Story tips can be sent to Houston.Keene@Fox.com and on Twitter: @HoustonKeene 

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