The latest facet of President Joe Biden’s documents scandal emerged this week, with Fox News reporting that nine boxes of material were taken from an office belonging to Biden’s attorney.
According to the network, that information was disclosed in a letter sent by the National Archive to Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, both of whom are Republicans.
Boxes were shipped before classified material was discovered
The letter explained that lawyer Patrick Moore shipped the boxes from the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement to his office in Boston before the initial trove of classified material was discovered.
It was written by Acting Archivist of the United States Debra Steidel Wall, who had received a request for information from Grassley and Johnson last month.
“When NARA [National Archives and Records Administration] contacted President Biden’s personal counsel on November 3, 2022, to arrange to pick up boxes from the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C., they informed NARA that Mr. Moore had moved other boxes from the Penn Biden Center to Mr. Moore’s law firm in Boston,” Wall wrote.
She went on to say the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General was informed on November 4 that the documents had been moved. They were collected by the NARA five days later.
NARA still doesn’t know if boxes contain classified material
“NARA staff retrieved nine boxes from Mr. Moore’s Boston office,” Wall said, adding that the material was subsequently secured at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston.
Curiously, Wall went on to admit that it is still not known if the boxes contain any classified documents despite them having been picked months ago.
“NARA has not reviewed the contents of the boxes found at Mr. Moore’s Boston office,” the Archives official acknowledged.
In January, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that former U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert K. Hur was being appointed as a special counsel to investigate Biden’s handling of classified documents.
AG “confident” in Special Counsel Robert Hur
Hur’s appointment came following an initial investigation by U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch Jr. after it was revealed that classified material turned up at the Penn Biden Center along with the president’s home in Wilmington, Delaware.
“Based on Mr. Lausch’s initial investigation, I concluded that, under the Special Counsel regulations, it was in the public interest to appoint a Special Counsel,” Garland said in a press release.
“In the days since, while Mr. Lausch continued the investigation, the Department identified Mr. Hur for appointment as Special Counsel,” he continued.
“I am confident that Mr. Hur will carry out his responsibility in an even-handed and urgent manner, and in accordance with the highest traditions of this Department,” Garland concluded.