mid the fallout from the discovery of classified documents at President Joe Biden’s former office at the Penn Biden Center think tank in Washington and at his Delaware residence, Republican lawmakers are taking a look at the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for potential bias.
The formal keeper of the federal government’s records was already facing scrutiny for its connection to the August 2022 FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago, the personal residence of former President Donald Trump. A NARA referral to the Justice Department ultimately led to that search.
With a newly regained majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, Republicans are signaling that they will use their oversight powers to focus on NARA, where the acting head, the top attorney, and the nominee for the top post have a history of alignment with liberal ideology.
In his Jan. 10 letter to Acting Archivist Debra Steidel Wall, House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-Ky.) said he was “investigating whether there is a political bias” at her agency.
In the leadup to the letter, Biden’s lawyer, Richard Sauber, had just dropped a bombshell on Washington: Officials at the National Archives and the Department of Justice had known for more than two months about Biden’s retention of classified documents from his vice presidency in a number of locations.
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