House investigators are trying to figure out President Biden’s relationship to his son’s foreign business deals, and now comes a new revelation: emails from private accounts that Joe Biden maintained while Vice President using a pseudonym.
The Southeastern Legal Foundation on Monday sued the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) under the Freedom of Information Act, demanding access to some 5,100 email messages in which then-Vice President Biden used a pseudonym for government business. NARA has admitted having Joe Biden’s emails from email@example.com, JRBWare@gmail.com, and Robert.L.Peters@pci.gov.
House Oversight Chairman James Comer wants to see all of the pseudonym emails, as well as unredacted versions of the few that have been made public. A Comer spokesperson says NARA says it has “sent some of the records to representatives for former President Obama and Joe Biden for their approval to be released.”
Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson first demanded access to Joe Biden’s pseudonym emails in mid-2021, after Hunter Biden’s famous laptop showed the veep’s office used private or alias accounts to send government information to Hunter.
One email alerted Hunter to a call the Vice President made to then-Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko—at the same time Hunter was on the board of Ukrainian gas giant Burisma. Another laptop entry shows Hunter using his business email in 2014 to write to his father’s “robinware” account, asking the veep to call him before making a specific government staffing decision. Joe replied: “Re Johnny call me right away Dad.”
Why use email addresses designed to skirt searches of government records? Without the public exposure of Hunter’s laptop by the New York Post, nobody would know an extra set of vice presidential communications existed under obscure addresses.
The clandestine emails fit a pattern that GOP investigators are piecing together of a behind-the-scenes effort by Hunter to sell his father’s power in Washington—in which Joe played along. Mr. Comer on Wednesday also requested that NARA provide all documents, communications and manifests related to Vice President Biden’s use of Air Force Two and Marine Two, following a Fox News report that Hunter traveled to at least 15 foreign countries with his father on official trips.
Government employees are discouraged from using private email to conduct government business, and when they do they are required to forward all relevant documents to federal record-keepers. There’s no reason for the White House to refuse disclosing these official, vice-presidential records—unless it has something it wants to hide.