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House panel to interview former Biden executive assistant in docs probe

The House Oversight Committee plans to meet with Kathy Chung as part of its investigation into Obama-era documents found in Biden's home and office.
President Joe Biden in the Oval Office
President Joe Biden on March 3.Susan Walsh / AP file

The House Oversight Committee has scheduled an interview with President Joe Biden’s former executive assistant next month as part of its investigation into the discovery of classified documents in Biden's home and office.

The Republican-led panel will meet with Kathy Chung on April 4, a committee spokesperson said Thursday. A source familiar with the matter said Chung has scheduled an interview.

Chung's lawyer did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the planned meeting, which was first reported by CNN.

Chung, the deputy director of protocol for Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, was Biden’s executive assistant when he was vice president and helped pack up the contents of his office in January 2017 during the transition.

She is also among the former aides who have already been interviewed by federal law enforcement officials reviewing how classified documents ended up in Biden's home in Wilmington, Delaware, and a Washington, D.C., office, sources have said.

The House Oversight Committee, led by James Comer, R-Ky., launched its investigation after it was revealed in January that a "small number" of classified documents had been found in a closet at Biden's former office at the Penn Biden Center in Washington in November, just days before the midterm elections.

Other Obama-era documents were later discovered in Biden's Delaware home, in addition to other documents dating back to his time in the Senate.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland in January named a special counsel to "investigate whether any person or entity violated the law in connection with this matter.”

After Garland appointed Robert Hur as special counsel, White House lawyer Richard Sauber said in a statement: “We have cooperated closely with the Justice Department throughout its review, and we will continue that cooperation with the Special Counsel. We are confident that a thorough review will show that these documents were inadvertently misplaced, and the President and his lawyers acted promptly upon discovery of this mistake.”

The White House counsel's office said in January it was reviewing Comer's requests for information "with the goal of seeking to accommodate legitimate oversight interests within the Committee’s jurisdiction while also respecting the separation of powers and the constitutional and statutory obligations of the Executive Branch generally and the White House in particular.”

The Biden document were discovered after the FBI searched former President Donald Trump’s Florida home with a warrant in August. Federal investigators said they had obtained information that Trump had failed to turn over presidential documents they had subpoenaed, including scores with classified markings.

A bipartisan group of high-ranking lawmakers got an initial briefing last month from the intelligence community about the documents found on the Biden and Trump properties, as well as about classified documents that were found in former Vice President Mike Pence’s home.

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Mark Warner, D-Va., and Vice Chair Marco Rubio, R-Fla., said the Feb. 28 briefing “left much to be desired.”

Comer was not one of the lawmakers administration officials briefed that day.