The National Archives is looking to release hundreds of pages of internal records from the Obama administration relating to Hunter Biden‘s relationship with Ukraine — something President Joe Biden could put a stop to if he invokes executive privilege.
However, the Biden administration has declined to comment if it will invoke the presidential policy, according to Insider.
The records would include almost 300 full or partial emails between Hunter Biden and Burisma, a Ukrainian energy company, which date back to 2014, when Joe Biden served as vice president under President Barack Obama. The National Archives wrote a letter to the White House in November, letting it know that it had received a Freedom of Information Act request under the search word “Burisma.”
The FOIA request was filed by America First Legal, a nonprofit group founded by Stephen Miller, an adviser to former President Donald Trump. Trump invoked the Presidential Records Act to keep the archives from releasing records on his administration to the House select Jan. 6 committee, which, ultimately, Joe Biden declined.
The letter states that several emails are related to press inquiries after Hunter Biden joined the company’s board in 2014 with no experience in the energy sector. However, the National Archives said it would withhold the release of 22 emails with no explanation provided.
Under the Presidential Records Act, the president has 60 days to assert claims of privilege before the emails can be released. If so, the emails will remain sealed until January 2029.
The younger Biden’s dealings have been the focal point for several Republican politicians. Hunter Biden was allegedly paid $50,000 a month to sit on the board, which political officials believe was a method to influence U.S. foreign policy.
Hunter Biden worked under Mykola Zlochevsky, a Ukrainian oligarch and Burisma owner who is widely seen as corrupt. Zlochevsky had $23 million frozen by British authorities in the time between the hiring of Hunter Biden and Devon Archer, the younger Biden’s associate.
Burisma appeared to pay a total of $1.5 million to both Hunter Biden and Archer during their time on the board.
FBI whistleblowers claim they have “voluminous evidence” against Hunter Biden’s connection to the Ukrainian business, according to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who previously released whistleblower claims alleging that the bureau “wrongly labeled” evidence on Hunter Biden as disinformation.