WH reacts to classified files controversy

WASHINGTON: No visitor logs exist for the residence of US President Joe Biden where files with classified markings were recently uncovered, the White House’s legal counsel has said, after Republicans demanded that such records be released.
“Like every President across decades of modern history, his personal residence is personal,” the White House Counsel’s office said in a statement on Monday.
“But upon taking office, President Biden restored the norm and tradition of keeping White House visitors logs, including publishing them regularly, after the previous administration ended them.”
The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee had demanded visitor logs for Biden’s house in Wilmington, Delaware after classified documents were found in the Democratic president’s office and garage.
“Without a list of individuals who have visited his residence, the American people will never know who had access to these highly sensitive documents,” Representative James Comer said in a letter to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain dated Sunday.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced last week that he was appointing Robert Hur, a former US attorney in Maryland, as special counsel to investigate Biden’s handling of the sensitive government documents.