The White House responded to multiple Republican inquiries from the House Oversight Committee on Monday, but did not provide much information about the requested information regarding the President Biden classified documents scandal.
In a letter obtained by Fox News, White House attorney Stuart Delery praised Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., for his leadership position on the committee and said the Biden administration was looking to work “in cooperation”. with Congress.
“As stated in our letter of December 29, 2022, the Biden administration seeks to work cooperatively with Congress. We intend to follow the principles, policies, and practices first enunciated by President Reagan in 1982, which have guided the executive branch’s response to the oversight requests of congressional committees for decades,” the letter states.
“We are reviewing your recent letters in an effort to seek to accommodate legitimate oversight interests within the Committee’s jurisdiction while respecting the separation of powers and the constitutional and statutory obligations of the executive branch at large and the White House in particular,” Delery wrote. “As I’m sure you know, these considerations include the critical need to protect the integrity and independence of law enforcement investigations.”
The letter explained how Biden’s personal attorneys found the documents and “fully cooperated” with the National Archives and the Justice Department. He also said the administration is working to cooperate with the appointment of a special counsel in the case.
Delery said the White House “is not in possession” of the documents as the DOJ is continuing its investigation.
A spokesperson for the committee told Fox News Digital that the White House was not transparent with this response to their demands.
“For the second time in three weeks, the White House has made it clear that it does not plan to be transparent with the American people. First, the White House informed President Comer on December 29 that he would not be receiving a response. from the White House for requests made prior to Jan. 3 — requests that covered important issues like the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the origins of COVID, the border and fentanyl crises, and more,” the holder said. speech.
“Now the White House attorney is telling President Comer that they will review the questions put to him to determine if his requests are ‘legitimate surveillance’. This is not ‘legitimate’ transparency on the part of the President Biden who once claimed he would have the most transparent administration in history. Chairman Comer and the Republicans on the committee will use every tool possible to get answers for the American people.”
The letter was received just days after the DOJ announced on Friday House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, would not provide certain information related to his ongoing investigations that Jordan has been seeking for months.
But he said he would otherwise negotiate in “good faith” with House Republicans as they push for tougher oversight of the department.
Fox News’ Pat Ward and Brianna Herlihy contributed to this report.