It’s worse than anyone could have imagined!
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has disclosed that President Joe Biden might have been involved in the exchange of approximately 82,000 pages of emails via anonymous email accounts, as revealed in a court filing. This information was brought to light within the context of a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit initiated by the Southeastern Legal Foundation, a conservative nonprofit organization, against NARA.
According to Newsweek, President Biden’s utilization of pseudonymous email accounts during his tenure as vice president gained renewed attention in August, with House Committee on Oversight and Accountability Republicans seeking unredacted emails pertaining to Ukraine and the Burisma natural gas company from that time.
The Southeastern Legal Foundation’s objective is to access all emails sent or received by Biden during his vice-presidential term from the email addresses [email protected], [email protected], and [email protected]. Joe Biden held the vice presidency from 2009 to 2017, and the foundation is pursuing copies of all emails originating from these accounts during that period.
In August, James Comer, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, penned a letter to NARA, demanding access to “all unredacted documents and communications in which then-Vice President Joe Biden used a pseudonym.” The pseudonyms in question, according to Comer’s letter, were “Robert Peters, Robin Ware, and JRB Ware.” These aliases were reported by The New York Post in July 2021 to have been employed by Biden for private email communication during his vice presidency.
This request was part of the House Republicans’ investigation into President Biden’s and his son’s business dealings, despite the White House repeatedly denying any involvement by the President in his son’s business affairs.
Ian Sams, the White House spokesman for oversight and investigations, addressed the use of pseudonyms on social media, highlighting the common practice of government officials using aliases for security purposes.
In a court filing submitted on Monday, NARA and the Southeastern Legal Foundation presented a joint preliminary report and a plan for discovery as part of their ongoing lawsuit. They disclosed that NARA had identified approximately 82,000 pages that could potentially be relevant to the FOIA lawsuit.
The report mentioned that NARA is actively processing these documents with the intent of releasing non-exempt portions on a monthly rolling basis due to the extensive nature of the FOIA request, which spans three separate email accounts over an eight-year timeframe. Furthermore, it acknowledged an intention to explore options for narrowing the FOIA request to expedite the resolution of the matter.
The parties are currently engaged in negotiations and have requested a December 8 deadline for submitting a joint status report to the court.