Following the revelations this week that President Joe Biden had likely unlawfully retained possession of some classified documents from his time as vice president, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to thoroughly investigate the matter.
That move may just be a formality, however, as Biden himself and others around him have already essentially admitted his guilt, Breitbart reported.
Such was the view of former federal prosecutor turned pundit Andrew McCarthy, based upon remarks from the president and a statement from his top personal attorney, Richard Sauber.
“Inadvertently misplaced” documents is not an acceptable excuse
In an op-ed for the New York Post, McCarthy made note of the appointment of Special Counsel Robert Hur to lead a criminal investigation of President Biden but surmised, “Have we already, in effect, witnessed a guilty plea?”
The mere appointment of Hur by Attorney General Garland in itself would suggest that there is ample enough evidence to move forward with further investigation of how Biden managed to still possess classified documents from the Obama administration in a private office and at his Delaware home that should have been turned over to the National Archives in 2017.
Even more than that, though, was what personal attorney Sauber said in reaction to Garland’s appointment, in which he claimed that the classified documents had been “inadvertently misplaced.”
“We have cooperated closely with the Justice Department throughout its review, and we will continue that cooperation with the Special Counsel,” Sauber said in a statement Thursday, according to NBC News. “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.”
According to McCarthy, though, “That’s not a defense to a charge of mishandling classified information. It is tantamount to an admission of guilt,” as prosecutors need only prove that someone was “grossly negligent” or “carelessly flouted the standards” for safeguarding government records in order to obtain a conviction.
Biden admits classified documents were stored next to his Corvette
President Biden himself also appeared to acknowledge his own guilt, per the NBC News report, when he was pressed by a reporter following a speech on the economy about the revelation that classified documents had been discovered in the garage of his Wilmington, Delaware home.
He admitted the documents had been next to his prized Corvette “in a locked garage. Okay? So, it’s not like they’re sitting out in the street.” He further insisted that he and his team were “cooperating fully and completely” with the DOJ’s investigation.
“As part of that process, my lawyers reviewed other places where documents might of — from my time as Vice President were stored. And they finished the review last night,” Biden explained. “They discovered a small number of documents with classified markings in storage areas and in file cabinets in my home and my — and my — in my personal library. This was done in the case of the Biden Penn — this was done in the case of the Biden Penn Center.”
Will the admission of guilt even matter?
The fact that President Biden and his attorney have essentially admitted guilt in the matter of the former vice president’s unauthorized retention of classified documents, paired with the presumption that there was sufficient evidence of wrongdoing to compel AG Garland to appoint a special counsel, would seem to indicate that Biden violated the law and a conviction should be a foregone conclusion.
Unfortunately, given the increasingly apparent two-tiered justice system and that the statute of limitations on the relevant crimes may have already expired, it probably wouldn’t be all that surprising for Biden to somehow dodge accountability or, at worst, suffer a minor slap on the wrist for what is essentially the same alleged crimes that Biden’s DOJ is doggedly pursuing former President Donald Trump over.