FIRST ON FOX: A government watchdog filed a federal complaint about the involvement of the White House counsel’s office in from President Biden growing scandal of classified documents.
Fox News Digital has learned that the government watchdog Protect Public Trust (PPT) filed his complaint with the US Office of Government Ethics on Tuesday.
“The American public will not tolerate a two-tier justice system, with well-connected individuals subjected to a lower level of scrutiny than the average citizen,” PPT Director Mike Chamberlain said in a statement to Fox News Digital.
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“President Biden promised the most ethical and transparent administration in history,” Chamberlain said. “If the White House compounded a scandal related to the potential mishandling of classified documents by misusing taxpayer resources for personal gain and placing White House lawyers in positions that created conflicts of interest, we could witness a serious betrayal of public trust, which is already collapsing”. .”
“It also creates the specter of possible obstruction of a congressional investigation, depending on the legal basis for intervention and any future privileges claimed by the White House over this escalating scandal.”
in the complaintwhich was first obtained by Fox News Digital, PPT alleged that “taxpayer resources may have been used inappropriately by top White House lawyers, including special counsel to the president Richard Sauber, to personally benefit Joe Biden”.
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“We further believe that the White House Counsel’s Office’s apparent representation of Mr. Biden in this matter creates an untenable conflict of interest for that office,” the complaint read.
“The result, intended or not, could be to reduce transparency in the mishandling of state secrets and prohibit the disclosure of communications between White House Council staff while acting on behalf of Joe Biden in his capacity as a citizen. facing the prospect of criminal prosecution. Keep going.
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 Justice Department officials as they collected classified documents from Biden’s 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 a growing scandal that saw the discovery of two batches of documents at the Penn Biden Center and the president’s garage in Wilmington, Delaware, along with his Corvette.
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The White House has also been criticized for the lack of visitor logs at the president’s home in Delaware. They told Fox News Digital on Monday that the records do not exist.
George Washington University (GWU) law professor Jonathan Turley says President Joe Biden’s lawyers are “likely witnesses in a criminal investigation” as the investigation into Biden’s handling of classified documents continues.