Joe Biden has reportedly used several pseudonyms during his vice presidency, preventing members of Congress from identifying him in correspondence involving Ukrainian energy company Burisma, Ukraine foreign policy, and his son Hunter Biden.
On Thursday, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer demanded the National Archives turn over any document or communication containing any of Joe Biden’s aliases, “including but not limited to Robert Peters, Robin Ware, and JRB Ware.”
In addition to requesting any document with a Biden pseudonym, the committee also requested all drafts of Biden’s speech that was delivered to the Ukrainian parliament on Dec. 9, 2015 and unrestricted access to any documents or correspondence involving Hunter Biden and his former business associates, Eric Schwerin and Devon Archer.
The congressional committee is specifically requested currently-redacted files in the archives case record titled “Email Messages To and/or From Vice President Biden and Hunter Biden.” According to Fox News, “the record was first made public in June and included four emails, but two of the emails were withheld in full, and the other two had multiple redactions.”
“Joe Biden has stated there was ‘an absolute wall’ between his family’s foreign business schemes and his duties as vice president, but evidence reveals that access was wide open for his family’s influence peddling,” Comer said.
“We already have evidence of then-Vice President Biden speaking, dining, and having coffee with his son’s foreign business associates,” Comer continued. “We also know that Hunter Biden and his associates were informed of then-Vice President Biden’s official government duties in countries where they had a financial interest. The National Archives must provide these unredacted records to further our investigation into the Biden family’s corruption.”
New documents containing Biden’s aliases could provide groundbreaking information regarding the alleged Biden bribery scandal, but the archive’s compliance with congressional requests remains precarious.
Other federal agencies, particularly the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), have purposely and illegally hid key information from Congress related to the alleged Biden bribery scandal. For example, the FBI attempted to withhold from Congress an FD-1023 document. The document detailed a testimony from a “highly credible,” confidential human source, who alleged that Hunter and Joe Biden received $5 million each from Burisma executive Mykola Zlochevsky in exchange for influence over U.S. foreign policy.
The FD-1023 also alleges that Zlochevsky kept 17 audio recordings — 15 with Hunter Biden and two with Joe Biden — as an “insurance policy.” However, the FBI does not appear to have tried locating the audio recording, let alone investigating the allegations in the FD-1023.
Unfortunately, like the FBI, the National Archives is not a benign, bipartisan record-keeping agency. The archives fought with former President Trump over classified records within only a few months of his leaving office. Despite Trump having the presidential power to declassify documents, the archival dispute resulted in a ruthless FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and countless federal charges against the former president.
Meanwhile, the archives permitted Joe Biden to keep classified documents from his tenure as vice president in his Delaware home, his garage, and a busy, unsecured office building — despite not having any power to declassify documents as vice president.
The archives also infamously slapped “harmful content” warnings on the U.S. Constitution and other founding documents, further revealing the agency’s radical political ideations.
Federal agencies do not often withhold information from Congress outright. Instead, they use underhanded tactics that allow them to appear compliant with federal law but still thwart congressional oversight.
For instance, federal agencies will simply not respond to Congress, claiming that they did not receive congressional requests. Agencies will wait months to send over documents, asking for unreasonable and unnecessary extensions. They will send over thousands of irrelevant documents to overwhelm congressional staff while withholding the pertinent records. Agencies will also heavily redact documents, even if they are unclassified.
Last week, Comer announced that his committee plans to subpoena Biden family members, including President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden, once they compile more evidence. Evidence, however, has been difficult to uncover thanks to a coordinated effort within the deep state to protect Joe Biden.
“What we’re seeing every day behind the scenes from the Department of Justice, from the FBI, from the Biden attorneys, and from the Democrats on the House Oversight Committee, should make every American sick of their stomach,” Comer said last week.