The slow exposure of classified documents found to be in several locations in President Joe Biden’s possession is causing a meltdown. Liberal media outlets that heretofore would excuse the Democrat president’s actions are calling for disclosure on the matter. The unfolding story started with documents from Biden’s vice-president days that were found in the president’s old office at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C.
According to CBS:
The approximately 10 documents marked classified and discovered at the Penn Biden Center included top-secret material, according to a federal law enforcement official familiar with the investigation. Top secret is the highest of the three basic levels of classification: confidential, secret, and top secret. A leak of top secret information could cause “exceptionally grave damage.”
Then, this week, classified documents were found in Biden’s garage next to his Corvette. Biden tried to brush off the findings, saying that the garage was of course locked because it contained his valuable Corvette car. As Newsweek reported the President said, “it’s not like they were sitting in the street.”
That comment came as Fox New’s Peter Doocy point-blank asked the president about the storage of the documents. “Classified documents next to your Corvette? What were you thinking?” Doocy asked Biden.
Biden responded, “I’m going to get the chance to speak on all of this, God willing it’ll be soon, but I said earlier this week – and by the way my Corvetter is in a locked garage. It’s not like it’s sitting our in the street.”
Twitter lit up mocking the whole situation. One commentator and radio host posted, “Joe Biden takes classified documents so seriously, guys, that he keeps them by his Corvette in the garage. I’m sold. Nothing says this really matters to me like keeping it in the garage, the universal place where Amereicans put things they aren’t willing to keep in the house.”
Remember, this is the same administration that had the FBI raid former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, Mar-A-Lago, and seize documents slated for Trump’s presidential museum that the 45th president declared he himself had declassified before he left the Oval Office. A sitting president has the power to declassify classified documents, but a sitting vice-president does not.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has had no choice but to appoint a special counsel to look into the matter. Rober Hur has been appointed by Garland as that counsel.
But that’s not all. It seems it seems all close to the president are ready to come clean about classified documents placed in personal areas close to the president.
Slay News reports that Joe Biden’s classified documents scandal erupted today as a third batch was found at the Democrat president’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware. On Saturday, Biden’s lawyers admitted that White House aides have now discovered five more classified documents in the president’s private home. Special Counsel to the president Richard Sauber came clean, revealing that the third batch of documents with classified markings was found at Biden’s home on Thursday evening.
This makes a total of six classified documents discovered in his home. Sauber said that when Biden’s personal attorneys identified one classified document at Biden’s home on Wednesday they stopped searching for more documents because they lacked the proper security clearances.
“Because I have a security clearance, I went to Wilmington Thursday evening to facilitate providing the document the president’s personal counsel found on Wednesday to the Justice Department,” Sauber said. “While I was transferring it to the DOJ officials who accompanied me, five additional pages with classification markings were discovered among the material with it, for a total of six pages. “The DOJ officials with me immediately took possession of them,” he said.
According to CNN:
While the White House said it will cooperate with the special counsel, the fact is that it is developing a credibility gap on this issue.
Biden’s lawyers found classified documents in Biden’s office in November and in his home in December. But when the administration first publicly addressed the findings this month, they didn’t mention the documents found in the home. “Not only did this make it look like Biden had something to hide, it set up the kind of drip, drip of disclosures guaranteed to supercharge a Washington scandal,” CNN’s Stephen Collinson wrote Friday.
The Hill reports today on five unanswered questions regarding all the documents:
1. Why wasn’t the public told sooner?
2. What did Biden know and when did he know it?
3. What is in the documents?
4. How broad does the special counsel’s probe become?
5. Will voters grasp the difference between his case and Trump’s?
Again, Trump had declassified the documents in his possession as a sitting president has the power to do, but at least some of the documents in Biden’s possession date back to the Obama administration when Biden was vice-president. The Vice-President does not hold that same power of declassification as the president does.