Emails reveal Nov. document transfer from Biden lawyers' Boston office to National Archives

 February 12, 2023

In the latest twist in President Joe Biden's classified document mishandling scandal comes news that in November, lawyers for the president turned over to the National Archives boxes of documents in Boston that had been shipped there from his Penn Biden Center office in D.C., as the New York Post reports.

The revelations emerged in emails between National Archives official Gary Stern and Patrick Moore and Bob Bauer, lawyers for Biden.

Boxes in Boston

As the Washington Times explains, National Archives personnel requested that Biden's team relinquish a tranche of documents that had been transferred to a Boston law office in the aftermath of the discovery of classified materials at the aforementioned Penn Biden Center office in the nation's capital.

The details of the back-and-forth were yielded by a review of 74 pages of email messages between the parties released Friday as the result of a Freedom of Information Act request.

According to the emails, Stern communicated with Moore and Bauer on Nov. 7 of last year and said, “Please ensure that the boxes in your office in Boston remain secure in a locked space and are not accessed by anyone.”

That correspondence occurred five days after Biden's attorneys acknowledged the discovery of classified documents in the D.C. Office of the president's University of Pennsylvania-affiliated think tank, perhaps suggesting lingering concerns about the nature of the items sent to Boston.

Requested protocols raise questions

As the Post further notes, Stern contacted the attorneys again on Nov. 8 and said, “we would like to pick up the boxes that are in your Boston office and move them to the JFK Library. Would it be possible to do that tomorrow?”

Moore replied and agreed that his office would facilitate the document transfer the following day.

While earlier reporting from CNN on the Boston documents suggested that there was no indication that any classified materials were thought to be contained in the boxes, the email messages have raised questions, given the safeguards immediately requested by Stern and the haste with which the transfer was arranged.

Adding to the sense of mystery – and suspicion – around the boxes of documents in Boston is the fact that White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, who has provided inaccurate information to reporters since the scandal began, stated Friday that she has no knowledge about them and would refer questions to the spokesman for the White House counsel's office.

Delays, obfuscation, and “no regrets”

The latest suggestion that Biden was found to be in possession of an unknown number of documents that he should not have been only adds to the questions and distrust that began when it became clear that the White House withheld information about initial classified document discoveries until the midterm elections were long concluded.

The administration's first acknowledgment of the classified documents dilemma did not come until Jan. 10. Still, it omitted the fact of a Dec. 20 discovery of a second batch of materials at the president's Wilmington, Delaware home.

Furthermore, despite repeated assurances from Jean-Pierre that searches for additional sensitive materials were complete back in January, another six classified documents were subsequently found at the same residence.

Regardless of the growing skepticism of the American people about Biden's explanations for possessing government documents to which he was not entitled, the president apparently feels untouchable, defiantly telling a California audience last month, “I have no regrets,” adding that with regard to the ongoing investigation into possible wrongdoing, “[t]here's no there there.”

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