President Joe Biden’s scandalous alleged unlawful retention of classified documents from the Obama administration has grown worse by the day over the past week and now appears to have embroiled some of his current and former staffers.
Kathy Chung, a former executive assistant for then-Vice President Biden, is said to have already been interviewed by federal law enforcement in regard to the classified documents revealed to be in Biden’s possession this week, Breitbart reported.
Chung, who now serves as deputy director of protocol for Defense Sec. Lloyd Austin, is also reported to be close to the Biden family, or at least the president’s son Hunter, who is said to have recommended her for the executive assistant job in the vice president’s office in 2012 and even offered her a job in his own private equity firm.
Multiple Biden aides interviewed
NBC News reported Thursday that “multiple aides” who had worked for then-Vice President Biden at the conclusion of the Obama administration in 2017 have been questioned by federal law enforcement in relation to the classified documents that have been found in various locations in Biden’s possession.
Chung is among those who have been interviewed, according to unnamed sources, primarily because of her job at that time as Biden’s executive assistant and her role in leading and overseeing the packing of materials to be moved from the vice president’s office ahead of the change in administrations.
“The people who were boxing [up the vice presidential office] had no idea that there was anything in there that shouldn’t leave the White House,” one source told NBC News. “There was no decision made to take certain documents that should have been presidential records or classified.”
The outlet further noted that, according to its sources, it was unclear if all of Biden’s aides at that time had been interviewed yet or if the recently appointed special counsel will seek to interview those aides again as part of a more formal investigation.
Biden’s final days as VP
The January 2017 transition period between the outgoing Obama administration and the incoming Trump administration has become a focal point in the scrutiny of this developing scandal for President Biden, as evidenced by an article from The New York Times on Saturday.
That story detailed the “frenetic last days” of Biden’s vice presidency that were made all the more chaotic for his aides by the fact that he reportedly continued to work up until the day of then-President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration.
That included last-minute overseas trips to Ukraine and Switzerland on top of high-level meetings and official events in addition to normal duties that still needed to be performed by an increasingly stressed and shrinking collection of aides and staffers who were also scrambling to pack up and move all of the vice president’s materials as well as their own prior to noon on Jan. 20, 2017.
Though not explicitly stated by The Times, the article clearly implied a narrative that the classified documents found to be in Biden’s possession more than five years after leaving office — in an office at the Penn Biden Center think tank in Washington D.C. and his home in Wilmington, Delaware — must have been accidentally and unwittingly included with Biden’s belongings by his frenzied and overworked aides.
Personal friend of Hunter Biden
As for Chung, Fox News reported that a review of Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop revealed numerous emails back and forth over several years between the pair that dealt with work-related as well as personal matters, and in some instances, both at the same time.
As noted, emails showed that Hunter had helped Chung get the job in his father’s office in 2012 and had even offered her a job at his own Rosemont Seneca firm in 2017, though it appears that Chung continued to work with the former vice president turned private citizen in some unknown capacity.
To be sure, it may eventually be revealed that Chung played a key role, whether deliberately or unwittingly, in retaining the classified documents that should have been transferred to the National Archives. That said, it also looks suspiciously like Chung is being set up to be the scapegoat in this ever-worsening scandal.