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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 

State Dept. plans New Year’s Eve release of Clinton emails


waving flagBy Sarah Westwood 12/28/15

URL of the original posting site: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/state-dept.-plans-nye-clinton-email-dump/article/2579159

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Thousands of Hillary Clinton’s private emails will hit the Internet on New Year’s Eve thanks to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit that permits the State Department to wait until the end of each month to release the documents.

The holiday email release will mark the eighth time the agency has published a batch of Clinton’s records according to the monthly schedule. The first release came in May of this year and contained fewer than 300 emails, all of them related to Benghazi.

Clinton’s use of a personal server to shield her private emails from the public hobbled the early days of her presidential campaign. In the weeks since, her poll numbers have rebounded and speculation about whether the email controversy could cost her the nomination has largely abated.

The former secretary of state saw a turning point in the scandal near the end of October, when she took the stand for a grueling 11-hour hearing before the House Select Committee on Benghazi and fielded dozens of questions about her email use. Clinton’s poll numbers began to climb shortly after the hearing.H-Cell-600-LI

The final batch of Clinton emails will be released to the public Jan. 29. At that point, all 55,000 pages of records will be available online for review.

Clinton has pointed to the State Department’s steady publication of her emails as evidence of her commitment to transparency. However, the documents she turned over to the agency late last year make up only half of the total number of emails that were once stored on her personal server, which is now in FBI custody.

lying so longAccording to papers filed in the FOIA lawsuit that forced the State Department to begin publishing the emails earlier this year, the agency is scheduled to publish roughly 8,800 pages of records Thursday. The lawsuit was filed by Jason Leopold, a reporter at Vice News.

The New Year’s Eve release should bring the total pages of Clinton emails available online to at least 45,100, with the remainder slated for publication in January. After a slow start, the agency has run ahead of schedule for the past few document releases.

Hundreds of emails are expected to be marked classified in the remaining unpublished email trove, as all monthly releases since this summer have contained classified material.

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