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- Fox News said that the Secret Service is willing to give Congress a list of visitors to Biden’s home if asked.
- The agency and the White House have previously said no such logs are kept. But there may be unofficial records.
- In 2017, the agency said there were no logs of visitors to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in response to a FOIA lawsuit.
The Secret Service is prepared to turn over a list of individuals who visited President Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, home if requested by Congress, an unnamed source told Fox News.
The White House and Secret Service have said that there is no official log of visitors to the president’s personal residence, following classified documents being found in his home.
“Like every president in decades of modern history, his personal residence is personal,” the White House Counsel’s Office said on Monday.
Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi similarly told reporters that the agency does not keep visitor logs for private residences.
However, Fox News reported that a source familiar with the situation said the agency would be willing to provide available background information on vetted guests to Biden’s home if asked by Congress.
If the agency did give up records of Biden’s visitors to Congress, it would mark a different approach during Trump’s presidency.
In 2017, the Secret Service said that there were no visitor logs tracking those who visited Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Although Guglielmi said that no records of visitors are kept, DailyMail.co.uk reported that his comments could be seen as misleading as the Secret Service always does keep records of some kind, according to Ronald Kessler, a former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal investigative reporter.
Guglielmi explained to the outlet that guests and workers who enter the president’s home are screened. While no official records are kept, the way they are for White House visitors, there are electronic reports that are generated and kept.