The White House is remaining silent on whether it will support cooperation with a congressional subpoena in the investigation into President Biden’s alleged mishandling of classified documents. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to comment on the matter, stating that it is consistent with the administration’s approach thus far.
The subpoena was issued for former White House Counsel Dana Remus, who House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan believe has crucial information regarding the president’s improper retention of classified records. In addition to Remus, the committee has also requested transcribed interviews with other officials knowledgeable about the matter.
Comer had initially requested Remus’s appearance before the House Oversight Committee in May, citing contradictions between the White House’s and President Biden’s personal attorney’s statements and the committee’s own findings. According to Comer, Remus played a central role in coordinating the packing and transportation of boxes that were later discovered to contain classified materials.
Annie Tomasini, a senior Biden aide and director of Oval Office Operations, was also requested for an interview due to her involvement in taking inventory of Biden’s documents at the Penn Biden Center over a year prior to their discovery. Additionally, interviews were sought with Anthony Bernal, a senior advisor in First Lady Jill Biden’s office, Ashley Williams, a special assistant to the president, and Katharine Reilly from the White House chief of staff’s office.
House Republicans have identified Remus, Tomasini, Bernal, Williams, an unknown staffer, and Kathy Chung, a top aide to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, as individuals involved in retrieving boxes of documents from the Penn Biden Center before they were unexpectedly found in a locked closet in November 2022. The Biden legal team claims that the discovery of classified documents at the center occurred on November 2, 2022, but Comer has highlighted communications between Remus and Cheung that date back to May 2022.