US House Republicans investigate Biden documents, ask if Hunter had access

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Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives launched an investigation on Friday into the Justice Department's handling of improperly stored classified documents possessed by President Joe Biden, and questioned whether his son, Hunter, had access to any.

In a Jan. 13 letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, top Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee said the Justice Department's appointment of Robert Hur as special counsel for the case this week raised "fundamental oversight questions."

They demanded all relevant documents and communications between the department, the FBI, the White House and Biden's attorneys.

The letter came a day after Biden's legal team acknowledged it had found classified documents relating to his time as vice president in the Obama administration at his Delaware home, including some in his garage. Aides previously found another batch of classified documents at his residence, and at a Washington think tank he was associated with.

Earlier on Friday, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer wrote to the White House asking whether Hunter Biden had access to classified documents found at the president's private residence.

"We expect your complete cooperation with our inquiry," they wrote, setting a Jan. 27 deadline for compliance.

White House and Justice Department officials were not immediately available for comment.

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