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Wife of D.C. U.S. Attorney All-Access White House Pass
Fatima Goss Graves, president of National Women's Law Center and spouse of Matthew M. Graves, has visited the Biden White House 28 times according to official government records.
On January 6, 2023, Joe Biden hosted an event in the East Room of the White House to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the protest at the Capitol.
“A violent mob of insurrectionists assaulted law enforcement, vandalized sacred halls, hunted down elected officials—all for the purpose of an attempt to overthrow the will of the people and usurp the peaceful transfer of power,” Biden said. “[What] these people and the people representing those who couldn’t be here because they gave their lives for this…is incredibly consequential,” Biden continued, once again repeating the lie that numerous officers died as a result of January 6.
Biden then presented the Presidential Citizens Medal to a handful of January 6 celebrities including cop-turned-CNN-contributor Michael Fanone and election officials who resisted Donald Trump’s attempts to uncover voter fraud in 2020.
Sitting in the audience at the time, according to recently released White House reports, was Fatima Goss Graves, president of the National Women’s Law Center. NWLC is a far-left nonprofit that promotes any number of radical policies such as abortion on demand, transgender rights, universal income and health care, and racial “equity.”
Official visitor logs indicate Graves arrived at the White House shortly after 1:00 p.m. on January 6, 2023, to attend an event hosted by “POTUS” with 169 people. The January 6 event at 2:00 p.m. was Biden’s only public appearance that day.
So, why was Graves there? The answer is simple. Not only is Graves one of the most influential Democratic Party activists in Washington, her husband, Matthew, is the Biden-appointed U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia—and the lead prosecutor currently handling every January 6 criminal case.
Graves’ office so far has charged more than 1,000 Capitol protesters with various crimes related to the events of January 6. Graves told the Washington Post last year he will double the caseload by the time the investigation concludes; new arrests are announced each week as the Justice Department continues to punish Americans who protested Biden’s election two-and-a-half years ago.
Was the White House’s invitation to include Ms. Graves in a January 6 themed event a backdoor way to thank her husband for a job well done?
All Access Visitor’s Pass
Aside from the impropriety of the lead January 6 prosecutor’s wife attending a political stunt tied to the subject matter of an ongoing investigation—and completely undermining Biden’s faux claims of an “independent” Justice Department—Ms. Graves’ presence at the White House last January isn’t an outlier.
In fact, it is one of 28 dates Ms. Graves' name appears on White House visitor logs since the start of Joe Biden’s presidency.
Prior to Biden appointing her husband as U.S. attorney, Ms. Graves visited the White House only three times. After the Senate approved Matthew Graves’ nomination in November 2021, White House access for Ms. Graves grew exponentially to an average of one visit per month. (Available logs cover January 2021 through March 2023.)
Records show Ms. Graves was at the White House five times in March 2022. That is the same month, according to an IRS whistleblower, her husband declined to consider charges against Hunter Biden for tax evasion. (Congressional leaders now want to hear from Graves.)
Ms. Graves attended several events where either Joe Biden or Vice President Kamala Harris was present. Some were star-studded affairs including a September 23, 2022 concert at the White House by Sir Elton John. When James Taylor gave an exclusive performance to help Biden celebrate the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act that same month, Graves was at the White House. It appears that both Matthew and Fatima Graves enjoyed last year’s Fourth of July barbecue hosted by the Bidens; singer Andy Grammer was the entertainment.
Other gatherings involved political causes central to Ms. Graves activism. Logs indicate Graves was on hand when Biden signed the “Respect for Marriage Act” in December 2022. Graves’ name appears on file for a March 2022 Women’s History Month event hosted by Joe Biden and attended by First Lady Jill Biden, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, and Energy secretary Jennifer Granholm. The White House schedule for February 2023 indicates Graves attended two celebrations for Black History Month, which also involved Vice President Kamala Harris.
When Vice President Kamala Harris hosted “reproductive rights leaders” at the White House in September 2022 to discuss the impact of the Dobbs decision, Ms. Graves participated in the roundtable discussion along with Rev. Al Sharpton and Alexis McGill Johnson, CEO of Planned Parenthood.
Graves separately met with Lilian Sanchez, a public affairs advisor to the vice president, on three separate occasions. Ms. Graves ties to Kamala Harris are strong: Harris’ niece, Meena, is a NWLC board member. Before becoming U.S. attorney, Matthew Graves worked at the same white-shoe law firm as Doug Emhoff, Kamala Harris’ husband.)
D.C.-Style Quid Pro Quo
Now, one may argue there’s nothing untoward about the head of a $100 million nonprofit collaborating with a White House that is politically aligned on the same issues. But Fatima Graves’ seemingly all-access pass raises serious ethical questions considering her husband’s key role in prosecuting thousands of Trump supporters. Is she discussing this matter with anyone at the White House? Was she in contact with any Biden family members at the same time her husband reportedly decided he would not charge Hunter Biden for tax crimes? Is the Biden White House rewarding Matthew Graves for keeping up the heat on January 6 protesters by inviting his wife to plum events so she can rub elbows with influential decisionmakers and celebrities?
It’s unlikely the public—or Congress—will get answers to those questions. But if Matthew Graves sits for a transcribed interview before a House committee, perhaps someone should try.