October 14, 2022

Secret Service Claims No Records of Biden's Visitors

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By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

The Biden administration has continuously refused to publish pertinent information on Biden’s multiple visits to his private Delaware residence. This comes despite  the Biden administration’s claim to “restore transparency and trust in government.”

The Background: 

According to the New York Post, the Secret Service says it checked again and still can’t find any records that identify visitors to President Biden’s Delaware residences — where he has spent roughly one-fifth of his presidency — outraging Republicans and prompting one congressman to say “the stonewalling and gaslighting must stop.”

The agency made the baffling claim in its denial of a Freedom of Information Act appeal from The Post. The Post is evaluating legal options to acquire records of who visited the president during the nearly 200 days he was at his Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach homes.

This comes as Biden has followed last year’s time away from the public holed up in his private residences in Delaware. A whopping 28% of his first year in presidency was spent away. And this year is closely mirroring that percentage. 

Transparency advocates of varying political stripes have fought in court for decades to identify presidential influencers, saying it’s important for the public to know who shapes government policy. Many do not appreciate Biden’s  habit as a US Senator and Vice-President of granting undue influence to  his family’s international business partners.

Notable Quotes: 

“The claim that there are no visitor logs for President Biden’s Delaware residence is a bunch of malarkey. Americans deserve to know who President Biden is meeting with, especially since we know that he routinely met with [first son] Hunter’s business associates during his time as vice president. The Biden administration must provide transparency to the American people.”– Rep. James Comer (R-KY) 

“President Biden denies any involvement in his son’s business dealings, despite indisputable evidence of numerous meetings with his son’s business partners. I am deeply concerned by this blatant conflict of interest and its massive national security implications. It is absolutely crucial that visitor log records for Biden’s homes in Delaware, where he spends a quarter of his time, be released to the public. This administration’s stonewalling and gaslighting must stop. Next year, House Republicans will conduct a fair and transparent investigation into the Biden family’s influence peddling and deliver the American people the answers they deserve.” –Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-PA)

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