WASHINGTON, DC – In an alarming report, it was revealed that the U.S. Secret Service does not maintain a record of who Joe Biden meets with at his residences located in Delaware, seemingly regardless of whether these meetings are of an official nature or not.
This matter is quite alarming, considering that Biden spent a significant amount of time at his residences in Delaware at the onset of his time as president.
Biden reportedly spent roughly one-fourth of his first year as president between his homes located in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, where he undoubtedly engaged in matters and meetings related to official White House business.
But whoever Biden met with during his time at those private residences is a mystery, and the Secret Service claims to not have any visitor logs that can account for who Biden may have met with while holed up in his Delaware homes, as well.
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The New York Post had sought to attain visitor logs via a Freedom of Information Act request, with Secret Service Freedom of Information Act officer Kevin Tyrrell responding to said request that they “searched all Program Offices that were likely to contain potentially responsive records, and no records were located.”
In the past, Biden has made mention of entertaining house guests while as president from his Delaware homes, such as the time this past January where Biden remarked that he’d learned about historical inflation from a family “friend named Mary Ann.”
“I was sitting in my kitchen yesterday and here’s a sunroom off the kitchen and my wife was there with her sister and a good friend named Mary Ann. And she was saying, ‘Do you realize it’s over $5 for a pound of hamburger meat? $5?’”
Obviously, conversations about the historical prices of ground beef aren’t exactly of the highest levels of concern when it comes to who Biden has and will in the future potentially meet up with at his private residences – but the fact that it can be kept clandestine in general is worrisome.
There have been efforts in the past to achieve better transparency when it comes to presidents hosting meetings at private residences, with only limited degrees of success.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) had successfully filed a suit in 2017 to obtain records regarding a meeting between former President Trump and individuals from the Japanese delegation that occurred at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, but those records were pretty much bare bones.
Jordan Libowitz, a spokesperson for CREW, stated in retrospect, “While we won access to those records, we never got much, as the Secret Service came out and said they were not vetting the president’s meetings, the Trump Organization was.”
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton thinks the Secret Service is engaging in a sort of sleight of hand “shell game” with claiming they’ve no record of Biden’s visitors in Delaware, emphasizing that the agency knows damn well who is coming to see Biden at his personal residences.
“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.”
Back in August of 2021, White House press secretary Jen Psaki stated that Biden would not be making any sort of visitor logs publicly available regarding his homes in Delaware. Come this past January, and Psaki reiterated that notion again, while also claiming that the Biden administration has been more transparent than previous ones by releasing White House visitor logs.
“Well, the president goes to Delaware because it’s his home. It’s also where his son and his former wife are buried. And it’s a place that is obviously close to his heart. A lot of presidents go visit their home when they are president. We also have gone a step further than the prior administration in many administrations in releasing visitor logs of people who visit the White House and will continue to do that.”
Apparently, even the White House doesn’t have to cough up visitor logs, thanks to a 2013 decision during the Obama administration by none other than former Judge Merrick Garland. The Obama administration fought to be able to keep the disclosure of White House visitor logs at their discretion, and Garland along with his two other colleagues on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit were able to make it happen.
Garland’s decision at the time framed it as a matter of constitutional rights to confidential communications, meaning that such visitor logs are effectively immune from FOIA requests.
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