What is Biden hiding in Delaware? And I am not just talking about his bizarre trips home.
What about his closed Senate records? What is in those?
That’s what Judicial Watch’s Tom Fitton wants to know, and thanks to a new country victory he just got closer to finding out.
“Biden has a secret deal to keep every single one of his Senate records from the American people (including communications with Putin!)… @JudicialWatch just got a nice court victory over this corruption:” Fitton said.
The files were donated to the university in 2012 and likely cover Biden’s 36-year career in the Senate. Under an agreement with the former vice president, the University of Delaware has said it will not release the record until two years after Biden retires from public life.
Fitton said he finds it “unusual” that Biden and the University of Delaware are going to the trouble of withholding the records. “I encourage Vice President Biden to intervene and release these records,” Fitton said, arguing the university has no legal right to withhold the files from the public.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) July 16, 2020
Judicial Watch reports that the Delaware Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the University of Delaware must provide more information justifying its decision to keep secret its deal to house and restrict access to the U.S. Senate records of President Joe Biden. The Delaware Supreme Court reversed the Delaware Superior Court and found that the University of Delaware had not carried its burden justifying its refusal to produce records. The case returns to the Delaware Superior Court for further proceedings.
The Daily Caller News Foundation and Judicial Watch initially filed the July 2020 state Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit after the University of Delaware denied their requests on April 30, 2020, for all of Biden’s Senate records and for records about the preservation and any proposed release of the records, including communications with Biden or his representatives (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. University of Delaware, No. N20A-07-001 MMJ (Del. Super.)).
Tara Reade, who has accused Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993 when she worked as a staff assistant to the then-senator, has said that she believes a workplace discrimination and harassment complaint she filed against Biden at the time may be in the records housed at the University of Delaware. Biden also admitted to communicating with Vladimir Putin and other foreign leaders when he was a United State Senator.
In January 2021, Judicial Watch filed an appeal to the Delaware Supreme Court, asking for a reversal of the opinion of the Delaware Superior Court, which blocked a state FOIA request for access to records about President Biden’s senatorial records held by the University of Delaware. Biden’s papers include more than 1,850 boxes of archival records from his Senate career.
In yesterday’s opinion, Delaware Supreme Court ruled that the state’s open records law requires the University must provide additional information, under oath, to justify its refusal to produce records about its dealings with Biden:
[U]nless it is clear on the face of the request that the demanded records are not subject to FOIA, satisfaction of Section 10005(c)’s burden of proof requires a statement made under oath. Such a reading of the statutory text is also supported by the statute’s purpose. FOIA safeguards a democratic society by ensuring the meetings and records of governmental entities are available to the public….
Therefore, if a public body is to deny citizens an opportunity to “observe the performance of public officials and to monitor the decisions that are made by such officials,” the public body must satisfy its burden of proof under FOIA in a manner that tracks the seriousness of the statute’s purpose and policy. Statements made under oath, such as through a sworn affidavit, accomplish that goal; they bear earmarks of reliability and instill a measure of seriousness in the affiant by subjecting the affiant to the risk of penalty of perjury.
Thank goodness Judicial Watch is fighting for these – God knows I’ve never heard a GOP politician mention them, have you?
This one could go all the way to the SCOTUS. I can’t see Biden’s admin just handing the records over without a full-blown fight.
There’s something in there they don’t want us to see, so they’ll do whatever they can to keep them hidden.
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