(FreedomBeacon.com)- On Tuesday, House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer blasted White House chief of staff Jeff Zients over the Biden administration’s lack of transparency for failing to respond to information requests about President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents.
In January, the Oversight Committee requested information from the White House on three separate occasions but has so far not received a response.
In a letter on Tuesday, Chairman Comer reiterated the previous requests from January for information on how the White House handled the matter and demanded to know whether anyone from the White House prevented the National Archives from issuing any public statements about the president’s mishandling of classified records.
In late January, the Oversight Committee counsel interviewed National Archives general counsel Gary Stern who revealed that on the day CBS News broke the story about the classified records found at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, the National Archives prepared a statement in response. However, the statement was never made public because someone outside of the National Archives prevented its release.
In his letter, Comer notes that the National Archives immediately released a public statement after it was reported that the FBI discovered classified materials at President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
In his interview, Stern also confirmed that President Biden can publically release all communications between the National Archives and his attorneys, but has failed to do so.
Comer writes that Stern’s interview with Oversight counsel raises concerns that the White House is involved in an effort to suppress information related to the president’s mishandling of classified documents.
Comer provided Zients with a series of questions, including whether anyone in the White House or a representative of Biden’s told any National Archives staffer to withhold public statements about the president’s mishandling of classified documents. And if so, what was the reason?
Comer has given Zients until March 21 to provide the relevant documents and communications.