Republican Representatives James Comer, chairman of the House Oversight Committee; and Jim Jordan, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee called a former senior White House official to testify about Joe Biden's alleged improper retention of classified documents.
Republicans also requested interviews with four other Biden administration officials with knowledge of the files and accused the White House of presenting an inconsistent statement about the classified documents recently found at the Penn Biden Center.
The official summoned to testify is former White House adviser Dana Remus, who had previously been requested to appear in May, when Comer requested a transcribed interview before the Oversight Committee after they discovered information that “contradicts important details from the White House’s and President Biden’s personal attorney’s statements about the discovery of documents at the Penn Biden Center, including the location and security of the classified documents.”
Comer described Remus at the time as one of the people in charge of packing and moving the boxes that were later discovered to contain classified material.
🚨BREAKING🚨@RepJamesComer subpoenas former White House Counsel Dana Remus to appear for a deposition related to President Biden's mishandling of classified documents.
In addition, Chairman Comer is seeking transcribed interviews with four White House employees. pic.twitter.com/BuqQWJzABh
— Oversight Committee (@GOPoversight) November 13, 2023
Regarding the subpoena revealed this afternoon, Comer said: “Facts continue to emerge showing that the White House’s narrative of President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents doesn’t add up.”
“It is imperative to learn whether President Biden retained sensitive documents related to any countries involving his family’s foreign business dealings that brought in millions for the Biden family. The Oversight Committee looks forward to hearing directly from Dana Remus and other central figures to further our investigation into President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents and determine whether our national security has been compromised,” he stated.
The other four officials called to conduct interviews are; Annie Tomasini, senior advisor to Biden and director of Oval Office Operations; Anthony Bernal, senior advisor in first lady Jill Biden's office; Ashley Williams, special assistant to the president and deputy director of Oval Office Operations; and Katharine Reilly, who works in the White House chief of staff's office.
According to Fox News, Tomasini, a close friend of the Biden family, took “inventory” of Biden's documents at the Penn Biden Center more than a year before his discovery was revealed to the public.
“President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents, including the apparently unauthorized possession of classified material at a Washington, D.C. private office and in the garage of his Delaware residence, raise serious concerns about his mishandling of sensitive intelligence information and his Department of Justice’s double standard of justice. Today’s subpoena and transcribed interview requests represent another step in holding President Biden and the DOJ accountable.”