In 2012, then-Vice President Joe Biden donated all the records from his 36-year Senate career to the University of Delaware. Now, two conservative groups are fighting to get access to them.
The Daily Caller reported last week that Judicial Watch and Daily Caller News Foundation have filed a lawsuit under Delaware’s Freedom of Information Act, saying that Biden’s Senate records are public and should be accessible.
Tom Fitton: “Stop protecting Joe Biden”
“Anyone running for public office, especially our highest office, should expect public scrutiny of their record, especially of their public record,” DCNF President Neil Patel told the Daily Caller.
“It’s amazing that Joe Biden’s public papers are still sealed and nobody else in the press seems to care. We care and we are going to fight to get these records opened up as they should be.”
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton was adamant as well, stating, “Delaware is hiding, in violation of the law, Joe Biden’s Senate records.”
“It is time for the University of Delaware to stop protecting Joe Biden and follow Delaware law, which requires them to provide public access to these public records.”
Records were supposed to be released in 2019
In his opinions, Cole argued that the University of Delaware is under no obligation to turn over Biden’s records. He claims that public funds are not being used to support their storage.
Yet in its brief, Judicial Watch points out that no explanation has been given for how the storage is being paid for. The organization is also seeking any records that would show the material is being stored using public funds.
Cole acknowledges that the collection of documents is large, amounting to some 1,850 physical boxes and 415 gigabytes worth of digital records.
The Daily Caller explains that Biden’s records were originally meant to become public two years after his final day in public office. However, in 2019, those terms were changed, with the records now being kept secret until two years after the former vice president “retires from public life.”
One point of curiosity is whether Biden’s Senate documents contain any reference to Tara Reade, a former staff member who has accused Biden of sexual assault.