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After Republican Pressure, Secret Service Gathers Information on Classified Biden Documents

El Servicio Secreto recopila información entorno al caso de los documentos clasificados de Biden tras presión de los republicanos

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Joe Biden’s classified documents continue to be the talk of the town. The Secret Service revealed that it is gathering information about the case after Republicans demanded the list of guests at the Democratic president’s residences where the files were found.

“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,” the Washington Examiner exclusively reported Thursday.

Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Secret Service, explained to the newspaper that while the agency does not keep a list of guests who entered the president’s residences, they do keep certain records related to visitors, such as certain contractors or workers. 

“What I mean by that is there is not a system of validated visitor logs like you find at the White House or other government facilities that fall under the Presidential Records Act,” Guglielmi commented in an email to the Washington Examiner Wednesday morning.

The documents case

The information follows news last week that the Justice Department considered that FBI agents should be involved in monitoring a search by President Biden’s lawyers of classified documents in their homes.

However, it chose not to do so, both to avoid complicating later stages of the investigation and because lawyers had quickly turned over a first batch and were cooperating, according to people familiar with the matter who spoke to The Wall Street Journal.

After the discovery of classified documents in the president’s residence in Wilmington (Delaware), the White House has not ceased to face a crisis. The documents date from the Obama-Biden administration and when the latter was a senator, and it is not known exactly what kind of information they contain or who had access to them.

Biden is currently facing political blowback over the discovery of classified documents in his home. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to oversee the federal investigation of the scandal.

Williams Perdomo es periodista y escritor, especializado en las fuentes Política y Cultura.