Congressional Republicans fresh off of the 2022 midterms and set to retake control of the U.S. House of Representatives are zeroing in on the U.S. Secret Service’s brazen lack of transparency.
The GOP wants to know who’s been visiting President Joe Biden where he’s spent 25% of his presidency so far: his Delaware homes.
“President Biden has spent a large amount of time at his Delaware residence since assuming office.” Republican Congressman James Comer of Kentucky told reporters according to Conservative Brief.
Data from CBS correspondent Mark Knoller, an expert on White House records cited by Fox News, revealed that Biden made 57 trips to Delaware for a total of 185 partial and complete days split between his luxurious homes at Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach.
Newsmax tweeted that Biden’s Delaware excursions have cost the U.S. taxpayer $11 million.
— NEWSMAX (@NEWSMAX) November 20, 2022
“Americans deserve to know who President Biden is meeting with, especially since we know that he routinely met with Hunter’s business associates during his time as vice president. The Biden Administration must provide transparency to the American people,” he added.
Comer is expected to Chair the powerful House Oversight committee and has already said the committee will subpoena Hunter Biden.
The White House has avoided questions about the comings and goings at Biden’s homes Fox News reported, the U.S. Secret Service has claimed to have no records of who has visited the President at his Delaware homes, while White House visitor logs are public record.
Freedom of Information Act officer Kevin Tyrrell wrote in a response to the Post “[t]he Secret Service FOIA Office searched all Program Offices that were likely to contain potentially responsive records, and no records were located.”
“Obviously the Secret Service knows and tracks who is visiting President Biden at his homes in Delaware and they are playing a shell game with the public to keep that information secret,” Tom Fitton, president of the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch told the Post. Judicial Watch has also sued for presidential visitor logs and said the Secret Service claims the Delaware logs belong to the White House, not the protective service.
In spite of repeated promises for ‘transparency,’ then-White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters in 2021, “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.”