Partial Transcript From Biden Aide, Testimony About Classified Docs

( – A former aide to President Joe Biden offered testimony voluntarily to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform back on April 4, 2023, according to sections of an interview transcript. The partial transcript is contained in a memo released by the ranking Democrat Jamie Raskin (D-MD) to the other Democrats in the committee on May 3, 2023.

Rep. James Comer (R- KY), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, launched the investigation into classified documents found in President Biden’s office by Biden’s personal attorneys and reported on November 2, 2022. A second batch of classified documents was discovered at the President’s home in Delaware in January 2023.

A statement made at the time by Richard Sauber, special counsel to Biden, said the attorneys discovered the documents when preparing to vacate Biden’s office at Penn Biden Center in a locked closet where they were housed.

Kathy Chung, a former executive assistant to Biden, along with another aide, Ann Marie Person, were responsible for packing up the office of the former vice president upon the conclusion of the Obama administration. Chung’s testimony traces the path of approximately 13 boxes purported to also contain the classified documents, unbeknownst to Chung.

The mishandled documents eventually landed in an office held by the-former vice president Biden at Penn Biden Center located in Washington, D.C. after spending time being stored in a warehouse maintained by the Center and at a transitional facility of the General Services Administration office for 6 months prior to that. 

Chung’s testimony, in the small sample released, is that she placed stacks of folders containing documents in a cabinet in the Biden office at Penn Biden Center where she was employed at the time. In May of 2022, Chung’s testimony indicates that she was contacted by Dana Remus, who was White House counsel at the time of the call, and requested that Chung re-pack the boxes in Biden’s office, which she did.

The partial testimony by Chung conflicts in two key ways with testimony from Biden’s personal attorneys. The team claimed that they were packing up the documents on November 2, 2022, when they discovered the documents – six months after Chung is said to have packed them herself. Additionally, the Biden attorneys claim that the documents were located in a locked closet, where Chung said they were stored in a cabinet in the office.

The memo from Rep. Raskin that contained this partial transcript of Kathy Chung’s testimony says that Rep. Comer promoted “misrepresentations about the findings” and that his drive to pursue the Biden family “suggests that Committee Republicans are not interested in conducting a legitimate and balanced investigation.”

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