OAN’s Daniel Baldwin
3:34 PM –Wednesday, October 11, 2023
The Republican-led House Oversight Committee has claimed that at least five White House employees “were central figures in the early stages of coordinating the organizing, moving, and removing of boxes” from the Penn Biden Center “that were later found to contain classified materials.”
In a letter to White House counsel Edward Siskel, Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) alleges that he has evidence that President Joe Biden’s attorneys “omitted months of communications, planning, and coordinating” to remove classified documents from the Penn Biden Center prior to their discovery on Nov. 2, 2022.
According to the letter, an employee of the Penn Biden Center told the committee that Annie Tomasini, assistant to the President and senior advisor to the President, “went to the Penn Biden Center to take inventory of President Biden’s documents and materials” on March 18, 2021. Comer alleges this culminated with Ashley Williams, special assistant to the President, taking “a few” boxes out of the Penn Biden Center on Oct. 13, 2022.
“There is no reasonable explanation as to why this many White House employees and lawyers were so concerned with retrieving boxes they believed only contained personal documents and materials,” the letter reads.
The White House and Biden’s personal attorney, Bob Bauer, has claimed that classified documents were first found at the Washington, D.C., office space in early November.
Bauer asserts that the National Archives and Records Administration was contacted the same day.
Comer also claimed that former White House Dana Remus and former assistant to then-Vice President Biden Kathy Chung each went to the Penn Biden Center to take inventory or pack up materials.
“The Committee is concerned as to why Ms. Remus—the White House’s top lawyer— played such an integral role in gathering President Biden’s boxes that were purportedly believed to contain non-government materials,” the letter reads.
The committee is requesting “all documents and communications regarding an accounting of the items Ms. Williams took from the Penn Biden Center on Oct. 13, 2022.” Additionally, Comer is asking for interviews with Remus and other alleged key players.
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