Both Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Intel Committee are fuming after Biden’s ODNI refused to give them a briefing on the classified documents found all over Biden’s home and think tank.
They were told that they couldn’t even be briefed in a classified setting.
Here’s more from the Washington Times:
Republican and Democratic senators emerged from a closed-door meeting Wednesday with Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines fuming that the Biden administration is withholding details about President Biden’s and former President Donald Trump’s mishandled classified documents.
Sen. Mark Warner, the Virginia Democrat who chairs the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, said the Office of the Director of National Intelligence is blocking the release of key details of the documents until the Department of Justice concludes its investigations.
“I’m very disappointed with the lack of detail and a timeline when we’re going to get a briefing,” Mr. Warner said as he departed the meeting at the Capitol. “Every member of the committee, regardless of Democrat or Republican were unanimous in the position that we’re left in limbo until somehow a special counsel designates that it’s okay for us to get briefed, is not going to stand.”
Mr. Warner’s frustrations were echoed by Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, the top Republican on the committee. He said the administration’s stonewalling impeded the committee’s ability to do its job of providing oversight of the intelligence community.
“We simply want to know what was this information, what were these materials that they had, so that we can make an honest assessment when they provide us a risk assessment of whether or not they’re they’ve taken the proper mitigation if any was necessary,” Mr. Rubio said. “And to say that they’re not going to share any with us as long as the special counsel doesn’t allow them to share it with us, that’s an untenable position and it won’t stand.”
The ODNI may also have been barred from viewing the classified documents:
Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican on the committee, said Wednesday’s briefing raised questions about whether ODNI had viewed the documents or was being barred from doing so until the DOJ completed its investigation.
“My understanding is that the Director of National Intelligence’s position is that if the … the attorney general says, ‘This is an ongoing investigation, you cannot get access to those documents,’ that they will stand down.”
When asked how the ODNI could complete its investigation without viewing the documents, Mr. Cornyn replied: “That’s a good question.”
Mr. Rubio also said he had the impression ODNI had been blocked from accessing the documents.
Tom Cotton is threatening to refuse consent of any Biden nominee until the Biden administration quits stonewalling the issue:
Sen. Tom Cotton, Arkansas Republican, called ODNI’s excuse for not handing over the documents a “farce.” He vowed to be a thorn in the side of the administration until Congress can perform its oversight role.
“I’m prepared to refuse consent or to fast track any nominee for any department or agency and take every step I can on every committee on which I serve, to impose consequences on the administration until they provide these documents for Congress to make our own informed judgment about the risk to national security,” he said. “Several other senators I suspect are going to take the same view, I suspect the Republican majority in the House will as well.”
“There’s a simple solution to this,” he added. “The administration should stop stonewalling the Congress and provide these documents to us.”
It sounds like Biden officials are doing their best to protect Biden from the consequences of his irresponsible actions.