Republican Senators Join Call for Secret Service to Release Biden Visitor Logs

Sens. Ron Johnson and Charles E. Grassley became the latest Republican lawmakers on Tuesday to ask the Secret Service to turn over visitor logs to President Biden’s home and former Washington office, where caches of classified documents have been found. .

In a letter to Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle, Wisconsin’s Mr. Johnson and Iowa’s Mr. Grassley said the records are necessary for their investigation into the discovery of classified material at those locations.

“After decades in Washington, Joe Biden certainly knows how classified information should be handled, but arrogantly doesn’t believe the rules and laws apply to him. The public deserves a full account of the individuals who may have had access to these classified records,” Johnson said in a statement.

The senators asked Ms Cheatle to provide “a full and complete list” of everyone who entered the locations where classified documents were found.

The request comes a day after House Oversight and Accountability Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., demanded that the Secret Service turn over all documents, communications and visitor records from Biden’s home. .

It’s normal for retired vice presidents to not have the protection of the Secret Service once they leave office. However, Mr. Biden had Secret Service protection as a presidential candidate and later as president, which would overlap in part with the time the documents were stored at his residence.

Since taking office, Mr. Biden has made 52 trips totaling 164 days to his home in Wilmington.

Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said last week that the agency does not track who enters and leaves Biden’s home because it is a private residence.

Days later, Guglielmi reversed course, acknowledging that the Secret Service does have information about who visited Biden’s Wilmington residence.

“The Secret Service generates records of criminal justice and law enforcement information for various individuals who may come into contact with Secret Service-protected sites,” it said in a statement.

The White House has released its visitor logs, but not for Biden’s Wilmington home or his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

Visitor records for presidential residences are traditionally made public, though former President Donald Trump did not release records for the White House or his other residences.

In response to a Freedom of Information Act request from The New York Post last fall, the Secret Service said at the time that the search for visitor logs “did not produce responsive records.”

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