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 May 17, 2023

Secret Service refuses to turn over emails naming visitors to Joe Biden's Delaware home

The Secret Service is refusing to turn over emails that include the names of visitors to President Joe Biden's Delaware home.

The news comes after a Freedom of Information Act was requested to obtain the details after classified documents were discovered at the location last year.

The explanation

"A FOIA officer cited a federal appeals court ruling in New York that in 2020 turned down a request for visitor information for former President Donald Trump’s residences, even though that ruling doesn’t bind the actions of officials in Delaware or in DC," the New York Post reported.

“Please be advised that emails reflecting visitors to President Biden’s residences in Wilmington, Delaware and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware are not agency records subject to the FOIA. See Doyle v. U.S. Dep’t of Homeland Sec., 959 F.3d 72 (2d Cir. 2020) (finding that emails regarding expected visitors to the sitting President’s residence were not agency records subject to the FOIA.),” the officer said in a letter.

A change of direction

The report comes after a previous claim in January that the Secret Service was gathering the requested information.

"We are in receipt of Senator Grassley's letter and it is currently is being reviewed," said Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Secret Service, adding that the agency doesn't maintain "formal and comprehensive visitor logs for protectee residences."

"What I mean by that is there is not a system of validated visitor logs like you find at the White House or other government facilities that fall under the Presidential Records Act," he continued.

“The Secret Service doesn’t maintain visitor logs at the private residences of protectees," the New York Times reported at the time.

"The visitor logs that are kept at government buildings are part of the National Archives and Records Administration, and while we have access to those, we are not the custodian of those records and logs,” it added.

The new update is likely to add to further efforts by the House Oversight Committee to obtain details about the visitors to Biden's Delaware home in the days to come.

The White House and Secret Service are both now blocking information requested about classified documents in the president's possession, adding further concerns about the nation's security.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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