Classified documents found repeatedly in piles stored at Joe Biden’s office and house have topped the news this week. The White House has stuttered at press questions about the documents and their discovery with Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre even walking off and refusing to answer.
It didn’t seem like the insanity surrounding the documents discovered in Biden’s possession and the White House’s attempts to downplay the discovery could get any more garbled when some clarity in the matter began to rear its head.
On Thursday came the news that the Biden DOJ and the White House had agreed to stay quiet about the emergence of those classified documents, in a report by the Washington Post. As Nick Arama pointed out, a couple of major missing puzzle pieces remain about the doc’s story:
This failure to be straight with the American people prevented Americans from finding out about Joe Biden’s actions before the midterm election. The White House also hasn’t explained why they had a personal attorney searching through Biden’s office at the Penn Biden Center, to begin with. That indicates something else we haven’t been told yet.
Red State’s commentary on the update:
It was a p.r. move, done in the best interests of Biden and his hangers-on, not the American people, apparently. Recall that Biden personal attorney and Special Counsel, Richard Sauber was the one who found “new” classified documents earlier this week.
Notice, also, the shrill tone of Joe Biden’s replies to media questions over the past day about the documents. He snapped at one reporter, saying it ‘quite frankly bugs’ him” that this is a topic for him to respond to.
With a new story published Friday by the New York Times, though, many of these seemingly separate puzzle pieces are fitting together. And there was a major revelation to be culled from the NY Times’ report, which I only saw thanks to a new piece from my Hot Air colleague John Sexton. He highlights exactly who inside the White House public relations team pushed for this slow roll scheme–and it’s a name many long-time political watchers will recognize:
Today the NY Times published its take on the behind-the-scenes decisions about this potential scandal. The Times points to another top Biden adviser as one of the few people who were in-the-know from the start: Crisis PR specialist Anita Dunn.
The handful of advisers who were aware of the initial discovery on Nov. 2 — six days before the midterm elections — gambled that without going public, they could convince the Justice Department that the matter was little more than a minor, good-faith mistake, unlike former President Donald J. Trump’s hoarding of documents at his Florida estate…
The discussions on how to deal with the matter, at least at the start, were confined to the husband-and-wife pair of Bob Bauer, the president’s top personal attorney, and Anita Dunn, a White House senior adviser; Mike Donilon, the president’s longtime confidant and speechwriter; Mr. Biden’s sister, Valerie Biden Owens; Stuart F. Delery, the White House counsel; and Richard Sauber, a White House lawyer overseeing the response to investigations, according to people familiar with the situation.
Slay News then reported that Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) has said that he believes Biden’s mounting scandal is an inside job. Gaetz argues that Democrats want Biden gone so they can replace the president with someone else, such as California Governor Gavin Newsom. “Well, things in Washington aren’t always what they seem,” Gaetz explains. “Consider this: It was Joe Biden’s Democrat personal lawyer that was rummaging around his stuff, looking for what? Evidence of a crime that his septuagenarian client committed nine years ago?
“And then he alerts the democratic staff at the White House that does the absolute worst thing you could possibly do; they sat on the information,” Goetz continues. “They should have diffused the matter and then inoculated themselves in the process. Then the moment this is leaked to CBS, you have the Democrat Biden Department of Justice appoint a Special Counsel.
“And now the big tell is that even Joe Biden’s strongest allies in the congress, like Senator Coons, are saying that they approve of the appointment of a special counsel to criminally investigate the president. Maybe the Deep State and a lot these Democrats have figured out that they’d rather roll with Gavin Newsom than Joe Biden.”
“The Republicans might not even have to help the Democrats take out their trash.”
Matt Gaetz: Joe Biden is mad his own DOJ is investigating him. pic.twitter.com/An6tP6Jgkw
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) January 20, 2023
Slay News noted statements that Biden said yesterday:
“I think you’re gonna find there’s nothing there. “I have no regrets. I’m following what the lawyers have told me they want me to do. It’s exactly what we’re doing. There’s no ‘there’ there. We found a handful of documents that were filed in the wrong place. We immediately turned them over to the National Archives and the Justice Department. We’re fully cooperating and looking forward to getting this resolved quickly.”