Jonathan Turley: House Would Get Emails Linked To Biden Aliases With Impeachment Inquiry
Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley revealed that an impeachment inquiry would force the National Archives (NARA) to disclose President Joe Biden’s communications via emails linked to his aliases.
Reports emerged that Biden, while he was vice president, used a false name to register email accounts. Those email accounts were then used to discuss official business with Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, and his business associates.
Chairman House Oversight Committee Rep. James Comer (R-KY) wrote a letter to NARA demanding the release of all emails linked to Biden’s aliases. NARA, however, did not immediately comply with Comer’s demands. The agency replied to Comer’s request on Thursday, noting Biden and former President Barack Obama must approve the request under the Presidential Records Act (PRA).
The fact that NARA is refusing to release them isn't surprising. What's surprising is NARA sent Barack Obama a permission request to release them which suggests that Obama himself knew Joe was using fake emails and that we might see Obama's name now included on some of Joe's… https://t.co/Yj3tQ9VXob
— Wendy Patterson (@wendyp4545) September 4, 2023
Turley, in a Hill op-ed, maintained that Biden and Obama are unlikely to approve the release of those records. The law professor, however, added that an impeachment inquiry could force Nara to release those records.
“Special access to presidential records is expressly allowed under the PRA ‘to…Congress’ and ‘to the extent of matter within its jurisdiction, to any committee…if such records contain information that is needed for the conduct of its business and that is not otherwise available,’” Turley wrote. “A refusal would deny Congress critical evidence into a corruption scandal and also a possible impeachment inquiry.”
Turley noted that Biden’s use of aliases is not unprecedented and that top officials, such as former Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, have used such aliases in the past for emails. Turley, however, added that any attempt by Biden and Obama to shield those emails is further evidence of corruption against the president.
“The added resistance to the review of the emails only adds to an already strong case for an impeachment inquiry,” Turley argued. “Such an inquiry does not mean that impeachment is inevitable. Rather, there is enough evidence to warrant an investigation into whether the Bidens were selling the illusion or the reality of influence. By acting under its impeachment authority, the power of Congress would be at its apex in forcing these disclosures and finding answers on the alleged corrupt practices.”