Home may be where the heart is but is that enough to justify nearly 20 trips by President Joe Biden to his homes in Delaware since taking office?
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that President Biden won’t release visitor logs from his Delaware residences, despite making 17 trips home in six months.
The decision comes despite the Biden administration’s claim to “restore transparency and trust in government” — including with the resumption of a limited release of White House visitor logs.
“I can confirm we are not going to be providing information about the comings and goings of the president’s grandchildren or people visiting him in Delaware,” Psaki said at her daily press briefing in response to a question from A NY Post reporter about whether Biden would release visitor logs, including of relatives with potential conflicts of interest.
Transparency advocates say that the same logic that applies to White House visitor logs applies to records of who’s visiting Biden at his homes.
Tom Fitton, president of the conservative group Judicial Watch, told The Post that the policy “makes a mockery” of White House claims of visitor log transparency.
“It’s an easy way to bypass the alleged transparency they’re promising,” Fitton said. “If they’re going to take the position that this information should be public, what are they hiding when it comes to visiting his home? The presidency doesn’t stop when he’s visiting Delaware,” Fitton added.
“He is presumably doing work. So, the public has an interest in knowing who is visiting him there. Is Hunter [Biden] visiting him? … [Joe Biden] is the one who had Hunter at the vice president’s office meeting with his business partners.”
The links between the elder Biden and his son’s business ventures have been often “murky,” to say the least. For example, it’s unclear whether they discussed about an upcoming art sale in which the first son hopes to fetch as much as $500,000 from anonymous buyers for his novice artworks.
Hunter Biden also still owns a 10 percent stake in a Chinese investment fund formed with state-owned entity, according to recent reports.
Biden has several residences in Delaware. He usually stays at his home in Wilmington, Del., but also visited his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Del.
During the same press conference, Psaki said that “every president is always working, no matter where they are,” specifically responding to a question about Biden’s vacation plans.
The Obama administration in 2009 began releasing some visitor logs as a matter of policy to resolve lawsuits from the liberal group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Trump in 2017 discontinued the practice.
The Biden White House previously applauded itself for resuming the partial release of White House visitor logs, which former President Donald Trump’s aides had ended, calling the practice “phony transparency” due to officials withholding many entries.
“These logs give the public a look into the visitors entering and exiting the White House campus for appointments, tours, and official business — making good on President Biden’s commitment to restore integrity, transparency, and trust in government,” Biden’s press shop said in May.
Why then do they refuse to do the same with the visitor’s logs to his homes in Delaware? Who is he seeing there, and what is he hiding?