Recent court filings have uncovered that the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has identified a substantial collection of around 82,000 pages of potentially relevant records related to the pseudonyms Joe Biden used during his vice presidency.
NARA’s disclosure about these 82,000 potential records was revealed in a status report filed in federal court in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit initiated by the Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF). The SLF has been striving to obtain copies of all the emails sent by Joe Biden using his aliases.
This recent disclosure marks the first time that the immense volume of such correspondence has been disclosed.
The span of this correspondence appears to cover the entire eight years during which Biden served as Vice President under President Obama.
This revelation comes in light of Republicans’ efforts to obtain records detailing Joe Biden’s use of pseudonyms in discussions with his son Hunter, particularly regarding his involvement with Ukraine during his vice presidency. These records are critical to their ongoing impeachment inquiry into the current President.
The volume of these emails surpasses the 33,000 emails that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton famously deleted from her personal server, which created a nationwide controversy. Elected officials are legally required to preserve all official correspondence conducted during their time in office, even if it occurs through personal email or servers.
The National Archives explained that organizing and providing copies of Biden’s eight years’ worth of emails is an extensive task and will require a significant amount of time to complete.
“NARA has completed a search for potentially responsive documents and is currently processing those documents for the purpose of producing non-exempt portions of any responsive records on a monthly rolling basis,” the filing states.
It says that due to the “scope” of the FOIA request, “the volume of potentially responsive records is necessarily large.”
“NARA has identified approximately 82,000 pages of potentially responsive documents, and it is currently processing those documents and preparing any non-exempt responsive documents for production on a rolling basis,” the filing notes.
Republicans have formally requested the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to provide an unredacted document that indicates then-Vice President Joe Biden engaged in a call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on May 27, 2016.
Evidence discovered by House investigators suggests that this document was sent via email to an individual using the alias “Robert L. Peters,” with Hunter Biden included as a recipient.
At the time, the leading Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin was conducting an investigation into the activities of the oil company Burisma Holdings, focusing on allegations of corruption.
During this period, Hunter Biden held a position as a board member of Burisma. Notably, Hunter was remunerated with monthly payments totaling tens of thousands of dollars, despite having no relevant skills or expertise in the energy industry.