https://cnsnews.com/article/washington/susan-jones/comer-bidendocuments-case-it-seems-politicalhypocriticallike-double

President Joe Biden attends a worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 2023. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden attends a worship service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 2023. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, said he doesn’t yet know whether Joe Biden broke the law by having classified documents in his possession after leaving the Obama administration.

But Comer told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, “I will accuse the Biden administration of not being transparent. Why didn’t we hear about this on November 2, when the first batch of classified documents were discovered? Remember, they were quick to call for a special counsel [for Donald Trump] prior to the midterm elections.

“And Joe Biden used as his closing argument during the midterm elections that Republicans were a threat to democracy. And he cited the fact that President Trump mishandled the documents. While he was doing this, he knew very well that he himself had possession of classified documents.”

Comer said he’s not only concerned about the lack of transparency — he’s also concerned about what he called a “two-tiered system of justice in America.”

“It seems political here. It seems hypocritical. It seems like a double standard. And that’s our concern.”

Comer said he’s most frustrated with the National Archives, an agency over which his committee has jurisdiction, “because they have not been transparent at all.”

Comer said the Archives never informed the Oversight Committee about “what’s going on here” — the discovery of classified material at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C., on Nov. 2, six days before the 2022 election.

“Why was Mar-a-Lago raided, but the president’s (Biden’s) home not?” Comer asked. “Why are the president’s lawyers still allowed to go rummage through, looking for documents, after a special counsel has been appointed?

“It doesn’t make sense. It’s not fair. We just want equal treatment.”

The discovery of classified material in Biden’s office at the Biden Penn Center happened on November 2nd, as Biden’s lawyers were cleaning out the office, but the public only learned about it last week.

Since then, there has been a steady drip of more documents found; and even more documents found. (See timeline below)

Comer told CNN on Sunday he’s concerned that after Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the appointment of a special counsel on January 12, on that same day – hours after the announcement – “we still had the president’s personal attorneys, who have no security clearance, still rummaging around the president’s residence looking for things,” Comer said.

“I mean, that would essentially be a crime scene, so to speak, after the appointment of a special counsel. So, we have a lot of questions for the National Archives. We have a lot of questions for the Department of Justice. And, hopefully, we will be getting some answers very soon.”

Comer said he wants to see the visitor logs to Biden’s Wilmington home.

“We want to know who had access to the Biden Center for Diplomacy, because this is the same type of investigation that the Democrats were so outraged and launched and demanded happened to President Trump.

“What we see with President Biden is, there are multiple locations. We would never have known about the possession of the classified documents were it not for investigative reporting by CBS that somehow got a leak to determine that this had happened prior to the election.

“So the administration hasn’t been transparent about what’s going on with President Biden’s possession of classified documents. And we just want equal treatment here with respect to how both former President Trump and current President Biden are being treated with the document issue.”

Timeline of discovery and disclosure of classified documents in Biden’s possession:

November 2: Biden’s attorney find classified documents while cleaning out his office at the Biden Penn Center in Washington, D.C.

November 4: The National Archives Office of Inspector General notified the Department of Justice that documents with classified markings were discovered at the Penn Biden Center.

November 8: Election day in the USA.

November 9: DOJ begins investigation into alleged mishandling of classified information.

Nov. 14: Attorney General Merrick Garland assigns U.S. Attorney John Lausch to decide if a special counsel should be appointed.

December 20: Biden’s attorneys find more classified documents in Biden’s Wilmington home — in the garage and library.

January 5: Lausch recommends that Garland appoint a special counsel;

January 9: CBS News breaks the news that classified documents were discovered in Biden’s office on Nov. 2 at the think tank funded by University of Pennsylvania.

January 10: Biden, in Mexico City, makes his first comments on the Nov. 2 discovery, saying nothing about the second batch found in his home on Dec. 20.

January 11: Lawyers find one more classified document in Biden’s library, in addition to the ones found on Dec. 20.

January 12: AG Merrick Garland announces the appointment of Robert Hur as special counsel

Later on January 12: Biden’s lawyers find another five classified documents at his Wilmington home.

January 14: The White House announced the discovery of the additional five documents.

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