In reaction to the issue surrounding President Joe Biden’s handling of confidential materials, a government watchdog organization filed an ethics complaint about his use of White House attorneys.
Protect the Public’s Trust issued a letter to the U.S. Office of Government Ethics on Tuesday, requesting an inquiry into whether Biden is abusing his public office for personal gain.
“Specifically, we suspect senior White House attorneys, including Special Counsel to the President Richard Sauber, may have unlawfully exploited government resources to personally benefit President Joe Biden,” the complaint alleges.
“We also think that the White House Counsel’s Office’s apparent advocacy of Mr. Biden in this action presents an intolerable conflict of interest for that office,” the lawsuit continues. “The effect, intended or not, could be a reduction in transparency into the mishandling of state secrets and a restriction on disclosure of conversations between White House Counsel personnel working on behalf of Joe Biden as a citizen facing criminal prosecution.”
The letter, which was originally reported by Fox News, is also sent to the head of the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section and the White House counsel.
Attorney General Merrick Garland hired former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur as special counsel to examine if any breaches of the law occurred in connection with sensitive materials discovered in his office in Washington, D.C., and his residence in Wilmington, Delaware. House Republicans have also launched a probe into the escalating controversy and have requested evidence from the Justice Department.
The records, some of which include “top secret” information, come from Biden’s term as vice president. Despite the fact that the initial set of documents was allegedly discovered in early November, just days before the 2022 midterm elections, the revelation was not made public until last week. As new details emerged, Bob Bauer, one of Biden’s personal attorneys, provided a timeline of their operations. Sauber, whom the White House recruited last year as special counsel to the president to answer to GOP-led congressional investigations, also issued a series of remarks with new information.
Sauber stated on Friday that he personally went to Biden’s residence in Wilmington on Thursday to “assist” with the transmission of a document with secret markings to the Justice Department since he had a security clearance that Biden’s personal counsel did not. While handing the original document to Justice Department employees who “accompanied” him, Sauber noticed five more pages with secret markings. The White House, according to Sauber, is “totally” collaborating with the National Archives and the Justice Department.
Hur issued a brief statement after being named special counsel by Garland, emphasizing his independence.
“I will use fair, objective, and dispassionate judgment to undertake the given inquiry,” he added. “I want to pursue the facts as quickly and comprehensively as possible, without fear or favor, and to uphold the trust put in me to perform this duty.”