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House Republicans claim Biden team knew of classified docs earlier than admitted

"The boxes were not in a ‘locked closet’ at the Penn Biden Center and remained accessible to Penn Biden employees as well as potentially others with access to the office space," Comer said.

Published: April 4, 2023 10:19pm

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., on Tuesday announced that a former Biden aide had indicated in an interview that the president's team was aware of classified materials at the Penn Biden Center earlier than they admitted.

Comer's statement followed a transcribed interview with Kathy Chung, who was an assistant to Biden during his vice presidency, whom Comer said provided "startling information that undermines the Biden White House's narrative" on its handling of classified materials.

The Biden White House had said previously that a lawyer clearing out Biden's old office at the Penn Biden Center in Washington had discovered materials marked classified inside a closet in November 2022. Chung's testimony indicated that Biden had stored classified materials at multiple locations in Washington, D.C., and that his team had been aware of them for months prior to the November "discovery."

"Today we learned that when Joe Biden left the vice presidency, boxes containing classified documents, vice presidential records, and other items were stored in three different locations around the Washington, D.C. area, including an office near the White House, an office in Chinatown, and eventually the Penn Biden Center," Comer said. "At some point, the boxes containing classified materials were transported by personal vehicles to an office location."

"The boxes were not in a ‘locked closet’ at the Penn Biden Center and remained accessible to Penn Biden employees as well as potentially others with access to the office space. We need to find out who had access to these documents," he continued.

"We also learned today that then-White House Counsel Dana Remus tasked Kathy Chung with retrieving these boxes from the Penn Biden Center as early as May 2022," the Kentucky lawmaker went on. "This story does not begin in November 2022, as represented by President Biden’s attorney."

Comer further indicated that the committee would continue its work investigating the Biden administration and follow up with relevant individuals in the wake of Chung's statements.

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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