A rather ironic development was revealed this week when it was announced that President Joe Biden had inappropriately stored classified documents from his time as vice president in a locked closet at a Washington D.C.-based think tank office that was affiliated with him.
That issue quickly transformed from merely embarrassingly hypocritical to potentially problematic for Biden after it was revealed that the FBI and a U.S. attorney specifically designated by Attorney General Merrick Garland were investigating the discovery, the Western Journal reported.
As was made abundantly clear by the Biden administration and its Democratic and media allies in the wake of the unprecedented FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence to recover improperly stored presidential records last year, all records from a presidential administration, especially those marked as classified, must be immediately turned over to the National Archives for safe and secure storage at the end of an administration.
U.S. attorney and FBI investigating
According to Fox News, following the initial reports that classified documents belonging to then-Vice President Biden were found at the Penn Biden Center in D.C. in November, Attorney General Garland announced that he had designated U.S. Attorney John Lausch of the Northern District of Illinois to investigate that discovery.
Interestingly, Lausch is one of just two U.S. attorneys appointed by former President Trump who remain in their posts under the current Biden administration, with the other being U.S. Attorney David Weiss of Delaware, who is leading an investigation of the president’s son, Hunter Biden, according to CBS News.
Lausch, with assistance from the FBI, will reportedly conduct a preliminary review to find out how and why the classified documents from the Obama administration ended up in the Biden-affiliated office in D.C., as well as to determine whether it is necessary to further investigate, potentially via a special counsel, and perhaps even criminally prosecute the matter in the same way that the discovery of Trump’s documents has been handled thus far.
Obama-era classified documents found in Biden’s possession in November
CBS News was the first to report on the discovery of Biden’s classified documents at the Penn Biden Center after it was revealed on Monday by Richard Sauber, a personal attorney for the president, who acknowledged that the documents were found on November 2 as other attorneys for Biden were clearing out the formerly used office space.
“The discovery of these documents was made by the President’s attorneys. The documents were not the subject of any previous request or inquiry by the Archives,” Sauber insisted in a statement. “Since that discovery, the President’s personal attorneys have cooperated with the Archives and the Department of Justice in a process to ensure that any Obama-Biden Administration records are appropriately in the possession of the Archives.”
Per unnamed sources, the National Archives proceeded to notify the Justice Department of what had occurred after it took belated possession of the documents that should have been transferred to it in 2017. That, in turn, led to AG Garland’s tasking of U.S. Attorney Lausch to conduct the aforementioned review.
Second batch of classified documents found
As if all of that wasn’t bad enough — and exposing the lie of President Biden’s supporters who immediately insisted that this was just an isolated and minor oversight — NBC News reported Wednesday that another batch of classified documents from the Obama administration have been found in Biden’s possession in a separate location.
Per unnamed sources, the November discovery had prompted a quiet but “exhaustive” search by Biden’s aides of various other locations linked to the president in order to find out if any other classified materials had been inappropriately retained by the former vice president instead of turned over to the National Archives.
As of now, NBC News reported that it remains unclear how many other classified documents were found, where they were found, what level of classification they held, if any other discovered batches will be revealed later, or if the secretive search for more classified documents has been completed yet or not.
This time is (D)ifferent
The Western Journal reported that, in light of the fact that the initial batch of classified documents belonging to Biden were found prior to the midterm elections, several top Republicans are now questioning the timing of the recent announcement and are demanding to know what that revelation was kept from the American public for more than two months.
Meanwhile, a review of former President Trump’s Truth Social account shows that he is having a bit of fun highlighting the sharply hypocritical contrast in how the discovery of the Biden documents has been handled in comparison to the FBI raid and potential criminal charges for himself for virtually the same thing.