A second batch of classified documents from President Joe Biden’s time as vice president has been found by his aides in his garage in Delaware, according to the New York Post.
White House Special Counsel Richard Sauber said that Biden’s aides had been searching several locations to see if there were any other classified documents from the Biden vice presidency in addition to the ones found in a locked closet at Penn Biden Center on November 2nd.
Sauber said, “During the review, the lawyers discovered among personal and political papers a small number of additional Obama-Biden Administration records with classified markings. All but one of these documents were found in storage space in the President’s Wilmington residence garage. One document consisting of one page was discovered among stored materials in an adjacent room. No documents were found in the Rehoboth Beach residence.”
Sauber added, “As was done in the case of the Penn-Biden Center, the Department of Justice was immediately notified, and the lawyers arranged for the Department of Justice to take possession of these documents.”
The discovery of a second batch of documents destroys the narrative of CNN, The Washington Post and Politico, among others in the mainstream media who tried to say on Tuesday that Biden wasn’t as bad as former President Donald Trump, who was also accused of having taken classified documents when he left office.
The media outlets argued that Biden turned over the documents right away and cooperated with the National Archives, which they alleged that Trump did not do (although Trump contends he was cooperating at the time of the Mar-A-Lago raid).
Now, however, it seems that the authorities will have two choices about how to deal with these infractions: they can either let both Biden and Trump go without charging them, as they have done with other former presidents, or they will have to prosecute them both for breaking the Presidential Records Act.
To be sure, other former presidents have not been caught with classified documents, unless you count the ones former Bill Clinton adviser Sandy Berger stuffed down his pants. Berger paid a fine and lost his security clearance for three years, but he destroyed the documents he took.
Special counsel in place
Attorney General Merrick Garland had already appointed a Special Counsel, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch, to review the documents and investigate their presence in Biden’s office.
Lausch is a Trump appointee, but is one of two that Biden has retained in their positions since taking office, so we can’t have the highest confidence that he will be impartial.
So far, however, Biden is on track to be held to account the same way as Trump is, minus a raid by the FBI.
Trump: why no raid?
Even before the second batch of documents was found, Trump asked on Truth Social: “When is the FBI going to raid the many homes of Joe Biden, perhaps even the White House? These documents were definitely not declassified.”
But don’t hold your breath: there’s no way any of Biden’s properties will be raided, because he has protections from the government establishment that Trump never had, and never will have.
Here’s my question: why no reporting on the finding of these documents before the midterm elections? Yet another unfair tactic that tampered with an election.