Biden Fighting To Keep His 2015 Records Secret

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( – House Republicans heightened their demands on the Biden administration, insisting on immediate access to all versions of a speech delivered by then-Vice President Joe Biden at the Ukrainian Rada in December 2015. This speech is significant for its call for the dismissal of Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin, who was at the time investigating Burisma Holdings Ltd., where Biden’s son, Hunter, was a board member.

House Oversight Committee Republicans expressed frustration on social media, criticizing the White House for not releasing early drafts of Biden’s speech from 2015. They suspect that Biden might have deviated from planned remarks to shift U.S. policy in Ukraine in a way that could have benefited his son. This allegation is bolstered by Biden’s own comments about threatening to withhold a U.S. loan guarantee to ensure the prosecutor’s removal.

Should the White House continue to withhold these documents, the committee has warned it may resort to enforcing compliance through legal means.

The request for these documents was formalized in a letter to White House Counsel Edward Siskel, authored by several key Republican committee chairs involved in an impeachment inquiry into alleged misconduct by the president and his family. The letter outlines a previous request to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) for drafts of Biden’s speech, highlighting a prolonged and concerning delay in the release of these documents.

The letter criticizes the White House for its apparent double standard, noting the swift release of records related to the Trump administration compared to the current delay. It emphasizes the urgent need for transparency and accuses the White House of obstructing a legitimate investigation by not allowing NARA to release the requested documents.

Lawmakers have set a deadline for the White House to comply, threatening to take legal action if the documents are not produced or a valid legal privilege is not asserted. This standoff underscores the ongoing tension between the House Republicans and the Biden administration, with significant implications for oversight and transparency in governance.

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