Evans claims that the DOJ lawyers admitted to having at least 400 “possibly relevant” documents but are now attempting to pretend that they will not “confirm or deny” it.
Evans submitted his FOIA request in Nov. 2020, more than two years ago.
“They eventually supplied around 60 pages of records, but they are all letters from senators and congressmen inquiring about Hunter, and letters from the Department of Justice responding,” he added.
“Then, at the end of last year, they stated, ‘Well, we have 400 pages of possibly relevant papers; we really have to review them.'”
“In March, I filed the lawsuit, and they made the same claim before Michael Hegarty the Magistrate Judge: they conducted a comprehensive search and discovered 400 potentially related papers.”
After revealing that, they stated they could “not confirm nor deny” that they had any records a few months later after presenting nothing.
Evans stated that he did not believe they could now assert that they could “not affirm nor deny” the possibly responsive papers. Yes, that appears to be an issue and a cover-up. So, what became of those 400 pages? Why are they retreating now if they previously flagged them?
Evans stated that he was quite sure that they would seek summary judgment under the FOIA’s privacy exemptions, allowing them to avoid complying with the request.
“But I really do not think they should in this particular case, especially after they have disclosed and made public the existence of potentially responsive papers.”
“The issue is that FOIA has become a weak tool. Courts do not follow the spirit of the law; rather than forcing disclosure, they bend over backward to accommodate the government’s stance.”
The next hearing in the case is on January 9, and we’ll just see what happens then.
However, the DOJ must respond on this one. I’m expecting this will be the first item on the hit parade for the incoming Republican Congress to investigate, however, who knows if they’ll get a straight answer at this point. As previously reported, Rep. James Comer (R-KY), the chairman of the Oversight Committee, has stated that determining where the DOJ and FBI stand on the Hunter Biden probe is high on their priority list. And it’s not only Hunter and Jim Biden they’re looking into; Joe Biden and any potentially problematic connections he has to overseas business dealings are also being investigated.
In addition to the materials Evans is attempting to obtain, the National Archives plans to release almost 300 records relating to Hunter Biden and Burisma from the Obama administration. Joe Biden has until the middle of February to file an objection to the release. But if he resists, it will raise even more concerns about the cover-up. So far, Biden has remained silent on the matter.