Fox News reported Thursday that a “source familiar” has told them that the Secret Service has records of “regular” visitors to Brandon’s Wilmington, Delaware home that the agency is prepared to turn over to Congressional investigators, contradicting statements by the White House counsel’s office and a Secret Service spokesman that no visitor logs have been kept. The issue of visitor logs or records for Brandon’s home is part of investigations into the discovery of illicit unsecured classified documents recently found in several locations, including the garage, at Brandon’s home.
Rep. James Comer (R-KY), chairman of the House Oversight Committee sent a letter to the White House on Sunday demanding the visitor logs for Brandon’s home.
I’m calling on @POTUS Chief of Staff Ron Klain to release the visitor log for President Brandon’s Wilmington residence & provide info about all properties & locations searched, including the identities of the Brandon aides conducting the searches.👇🏼https://t.co/4M3O2oWUNB
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) January 15, 2023
…While the White House has not kept a formal list, the Secret Service does collect information on guests with regular access to the home.
Retention of the names of those vetted by the Secret Service depends on a variety of factors, including proximity to the president and the nature of the background check.
…A source familiar with the situation told Fox News that the Secret Service is prepared to provide available background information on vetted guests to Brandon’s residence if requested by Congress.
Fox posted a 2019 photo by reporter Peter Doocy showing Brandon’s home unguarded:
What the street view of President Brandon’s Wilmington, DE home looked like on 4/25/2019 – the day Brandon officially announced candidacy. No Secret Service presence/detail at that time. 📸 @pdoocy pic.twitter.com/508j3XZOay
— Pat Ward (@WardDPatrick) January 17, 2023
The New York Post posted a recent photo of Brandon’s now-guarded home:
— New York Post (@nypost) January 16, 2023
Earlier this week Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told reporters the agency does not keep visitor logs for Brandon’s private residence (via NBC News):
Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi echoed the White House: “We don’t independently maintain our own visitor logs because it’s a private residence.” He added the Secret Service does perform background checks on those who come in contact with the Bidens at their Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach homes, but that the U.S.S.S. only retains those documents for a limited time. But Guglielmi said the agency would cooperate with any congressional request for information.
The White House counsel’s office also released a statement Monday denying keeping visitor logs at Brandon’s Delaware home:
“Like every President across decades of modern history, his personal residence is personal. But upon taking office, President Brandon restored the norm and tradition of keeping White House visitors logs, including publishing them regularly, after the previous administration ended them.”
The AP reported last Friday that Brandon has spent nearly 200 days of his presidency at his Delaware homes:
So far in his presidency, Brandon has spent part or all of 194 days in his home state of Delaware, spending most weekends in either at his Wilmington home or in Rehoboth Beach, where he owns a $2.7 million home, according to an Associated Press tally. He will head to Wilmington again this weekend.
On Wednesday Comer sent a letter to the University of Pennsylvania demanding information on the Penn Brandon Center where the first batch of classified documents were found last November (excerpt):
To assist the Committee in investigating President Brandon’s recent mishandling of
classified information, please provide the following documents and information no later than
February 1, 2023:
1. All documents and communications related to donations originating from China to
UPenn and/or the Penn Brandon Center from January 20, 2017 to present;
2. A list of all Chinese donors—and the individual amount donated—to UPenn and/or the
Penn Brandon Center from January 20, 2017 to present;
3. All documents and communications related to soliciting donations for the Penn Brandon
4. A list of all employees of the Penn Brandon Center—including information about their
salary, job description, and dates of employment;
5. A list of all individuals with keycard access to the Penn Brandon Center—including but not
limited to members of President Brandon’s family;
6. A visitor log of all individuals who met with President Brandon at the Penn Brandon Center;
7. All documents and communications related to security at the Penn Brandon Center.