The White House on Monday responded to multiple requests from Republicans on the House Oversight Committee, but didn’t provide much insight into the requested information on President Biden’s classified documents scandal.
In a letter obtained by Fox News, White House Counsel Stuart Delery congratulated Chairman James Comer, R-Ky., on his leadership position on the committee and said the Biden administration is seeking “cooperative” work with Congress.
“As indicated in our December 29, 2022 letter, the Biden administration is seeking cooperation with Congress. We intend to follow the principles, policies and practices first articulated by President Reagan in 1982 and which have guided the executive branch’s response to oversight requests from congressional committees for decades,” the letter said.
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“We are reviewing your recent letters with a view to addressing legitimate oversight interests within the jurisdiction of the committee while respecting the separation of powers and the constitutional and legal obligations of the executive branch in general 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 “cooperated fully” with the National Archives and the Justice Department. It also said the administration is working to cooperate with the appointment of a special counsel into the matter.
Delery said the White House has “no possession” of the documents because the DOJ is continuing its investigation.
A spokesman for the committee told Fox News Digital that the White House was not transparent in responding to their inquiries.
“For the second time in three weeks, the White House has made it clear that it does not intend to be transparent with the American people. First, the White House told Chairman Comer on December 29 that he would not receive responses from the White House for motions made before January 3 — motions covering important issues such as the withdrawal from Afghanistan, the origin of COVID , border and fentanyl crises and more,” the spokesman said.
“Now the White House Counsel is telling Chairman Comer that they will review the questions put to him to determine if his requests are ‘legitimate oversight.’ This is not “legitimate” transparency from President Biden, who once claimed he had the most transparent government in history. Chairman Comer and the committee Republicans will use every means possible to secure answers for the American people.”
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The letter came just days after the DOJ announced Friday House Judiciary Committee R-Ohio Chairman Jim Jordan would not provide certain information related to his ongoing investigation, which Jordan has been seeking for months.
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But it said it would otherwise negotiate in “good faith” with House Republicans as they push for tighter oversight of the department.
Fox News’ Pat Ward and Brianna Herlihy contributed to this report.