President Joe Biden’s classified documents scandal seems to grow worse every few days with new reports of previously undisclosed information that further undermine the repeated fraudulent claims of “transparency” from the White House.
The latest revelation is an email chain in November around the time of the midterm elections between Biden’s personal attorneys and the National Archives to secretly coordinated arrangements for boxes of recently discovered classified documents and government records to be picked up, Breitbart reported.
Additionally, House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer (R-KY) has now also asserted that the National Archives were secretly instructed by either the Biden White House or Justice Department to keep quiet about the matter and not issue any public press releases — contrary to the multiple statements and releases from the Archives in relation to former President Donald Trump’s classified documents issue.
Secret coordination revealed
Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request from Bloomberg News, 74 pages of emails dated Nov. 7-10, 2022, between President Biden’s personal attorneys and top officials at the National Archives have now been released that reveal close coordination in arranging for the Archives to take custody of the classified materials allegedly found about a week earlier in Biden’s old office at the Penn Biden Center think tank in Washington D.C.
Those arrangements included scheduling a time frame for Archives personnel to retrieve the documents, ensuring that someone from Biden’s legal team was on hand to guarantee “unfettered access” and facilitate the transfer, and securing parking for a “US Gov van” to make loading of the materials more convenient.
There was also mention of a possible Penn Biden Center office in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where more classified materials might be found, though it was later determined there was no office or documents in Philadelphia.
Also discussed were similar arrangements to pick up “boxes” of materials found in an office in Boston, Massachusetts — which has never been reported on before — that was to be transferred to the JFK Library.
Somebody told the Archives to stay quiet
It must be pointed out that all of this discussion took place quietly about two months before the public first became aware that President Biden had been in possession of classified documents that dated to his tenure as vice president in the Obama administration thanks only to an initial Jan. 9 CBS News report based on anonymous leaks that then prompted the slow-roll release of admissions and information.
In fact, it increasingly appears that, had it not been for the leaks that prompted the initial CBS report, the entire ordeal may well have been forever kept secret and undisclosed to the public.
And, furthermore, it has now been alleged by House Oversight Chair Comer that the secrecy of the Archives with regard to Biden’s documents — in direct contrast to the numerous public announcements about former President Trump’s documents — had been demanded by the administration, according to the New York Post.
Comer’s assertion was based on what he learned from a closed-door interview with Archives General Counsel Gary Stern, who is featured prominently throughout the above email chain with Biden’s personal attorneys.
“There are only two people that could have given those orders, and that’s either the Department of Justice with [Attorney General] Merrick Garland or the White House with Joe Biden,” Comer said recently on Fox News. “So it shows right there that this Department of Justice and this White House is interfering with this.”
The “ongoing secrecy” belies fraudulent claims of “transparency”
Rep. Comer went on to say that the White House and DOJ “continue to conceal information from Congress and the American people,” and revealed that Stern and the Archives “admitted the Biden Administration prohibited them from releasing a public statement on the Penn-Biden Center classified documents and limited NARA’s ability to testify about all facts related to President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents.”
“The ongoing secrecy of President Biden’s classified material is unacceptable and Oversight Republicans will continue to demand transparency for the American people,” the committee chairman added.