Joe Biden does not want the Senate to know which documents he had stashed away at his house in Delaware, and both Republicans and Democrats are furious.
“Senators in both parties voiced frustration after they left a closed-door briefing Wednesday with National Intelligence Director Avril Haines, who declined to show them copies of the classified documents discovered at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and Joe Biden’s office and Delaware home.
Haines also refused to discuss the sensitive material, citing ongoing special counsel investigations, according to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee who attending the classified briefing.
Senators were told Wednesday that Biden administration officials cannot brief Congress about a damage assessment of the documents until the special counsels investigating the Trump and Biden documents give the green light,” NBC news said.
These senators, and their House counterparts, have the highest level of security clearance. Biden has tried to differentiate between his actions and Trump’s. Does this look like an innocent president?
The New York Post writes, “Members of the Senate Intelligence Committee have vowed to “impose pain” on the Biden administration until the White House allows access to classified documents found in the possession of President Biden, former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the committee’s vice chairman, hinted Wednesday that the panel could withhold funds from the intelligence community unless the administration begins to cooperate.
“I’m not in the business of threats right now,” he said after meeting with Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence. “But I’m just saying, every year, this committee has to authorize how money is spent in agencies.”
Another member of the committee, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), was more direct, pointing out that the panel could and would block Biden’s intelligence nominees until the White House plays ball.”
“These Justice Department investigations, including the infamous FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, have roiled American politics and put a president and former president in the sights of prosecutors. And nobody knows what the cases are about. Members of the Senate committee were unhappy with Haines’s performance, to say the least. Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), the chairman, said members were “unanimous” in saying the IC’s stonewall “is not going to stand.” Warner added that eventually “all things will be on the table” to force Haines to give the Senate what it wants, according to The Washington Examiner.
“The point of it all is that Congress has to know what the intelligence community and the Justice Department are doing. Lawmakers have the authority to oversee both, and they have a right to know what is happening. They have that authority, of course, because they were granted it by the voters. But right now, everyone is in the dark, which is particularly harmful since there has been so much wild media speculation going on. ‘We really have no idea,” said Cotton, “whether the documents are basically harmless historic curiosities or extremely sensitive with a high risk of damage.'”
This is not the first time that the Biden White House has used its authority to hide its own alleged corruption. During the summer, the Treasury Department refused to hand over “Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs)” that detail Hunter Biden’s financial transactions over the years.
The Hill wrote at the time, “The Treasury Department has delayed a House Republican request for information on Biden family financial transactions that may have been marked as suspicious, saying that it must first determine whether the disclosure of the records is consistent with “longstanding Executive Branch interests.”
Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), who chairs the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, requested suspicious activity reports related to the Biden family earlier this month in a letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. Suspicious activity reports are generated by financial institutions when flagging suspicious financial moves and are submitted to the federal government.
Comer blasted the Treasury’s decision to shield the records, saying it was a coordinated effort by the Biden administration to hide information about the president’s family.
“This coordinated effort by the Biden Administration to hide information about President Biden and his family’s shady business schemes is alarming and raises many questions,” Comer said in a statement after the letter was released. ‘We will continue to press for access to suspicious activity reports generated for the Biden family and their associates, and will use the power of the gavel to get them if needed.’”
Will the Senate do what Comer could not?