DOJ search of Biden home turned up six more classified documents

Before we get to the obvious conspiracy theory material, let’s get past the basics of the story. While this is starting to sound like a broken record, six more classified documents were reportedly discovered at Joe Biden’s mansion in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday. The latest episode of this soap opera includes a couple of twists, however. 

The FBI conducted the search, rather than Biden’s own lawyers and other flunkies. The search of the residence took 13 hours. The other twist involves the dates on the documents. Some of them were once again from Biden’s time as Vice President, but some of them were from his time in the Senate. That means that Biden had been illegally hanging on to the papers since at least 2009 if not before. So he’s been keeping them in an unsecured location for at least a dozen years.

Bob Bauer, a personal lawyer for Biden, said in a statement that the Justice Department was given access to the president’s home after previous searches in recent weeks had turned up a total of 11 classified documents.

“DOJ requested that the search not be made public in advance, in accordance with its standard procedures, and we agreed to cooperate,” Bauer said.

“DOJ had full access to the President’s home, including personally handwritten notes, files, papers, binders, memorabilia, to-do lists, schedules, and reminders going back decades,” Bauer continued. “DOJ took possession of materials it deemed within the scope of its inquiry, including six items consisting of documents with classification markings and surrounding materials, some of which were from the President’s service in the Senate and some of which were from his tenure as Vice President. DOJ also took for further review personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years.”

The search lasted roughly 13 hours, Bauer said, and covered working, living and storage spaces in the home. Representatives from Biden’s personal legal team and the White House counsel’s office were there while Justice Department officials conducted the search.

The FBI, an agency within the Justice Department, executed the search, which was “planned” and “consensual,” a DOJ official said.

Biden is spending the weekend at his property in Rehoboth Beach, Del., which is about 90 miles south of Wilmington. Biden spent last weekend in Wilmington.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declined to comment when asked Friday if the decision for Biden to go to Rehoboth Beach was related to documents being found in Wilmington.

In a separate statement, White House special counsel Richard Sauber said Biden directed his personal lawyers to fully cooperate with the Justice Department.

“Since the beginning, the President has been committed to handling this responsibly because he takes this seriously,” Sauber said in a statement.

Saturday’s disclosure marks the fourth time officials have found documents from Biden’s time as vice president at either his old Washington, D.C., office or his Wilmington home.

Personal lawyers for Biden first found a small number of documents with classified markings at the office he used while working for the Biden-Penn Center from 2017-2019. The documents were found on Nov. 2, 2022, but the findings were not publicly disclosed until Jan. 17 after they were reported by CBS News.

Days later, the White House confirmed six more documents were found at Biden’s Wilmington residence during a search conducted in December. 

Last Saturday, the White House confirmed a search had been conducted two days earlier at Biden’s home and turned up five additional documents with classified markings.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special counsel to oversee the investigation into the handling of the documents. Presidents and vice presidents are required under the Presidential Records Act to turn over materials to the National Archives upon leaving office.

The Biden White House has been steadfast that it is cooperating with the Justice Department in its investigation, and the president has emphasized that he has been surprised by the disclosures and takes the handling of classified materials seriously.

“I think you’re going to find there’s nothing there. I have no regrets, I’m following what the lawyers have told me they want me to do. That’s exactly what we’re doing, there’s no there there,” Biden said Thursday during a trip to California to survey storm damage.

While the White House has maintained that it has been slow to share new details in order to avoid the release of incomplete information, the slow drip of additional findings has given fuel to Republican critics.

House Republicans have already said they intend to use their new majority to investigate Biden’s handling of classified documents, and former President Donald Trump has been quick to equivocate between the Biden controversy and his own mishandling of classified materials.

In Trump’s case, the former president had hundreds of sensitive government materials at his Mar-a-Lago estate more than a year after leaving office. He and his team refused to cooperate with federal officials, prompting an FBI search last August to secure additional documents Trump was keeping in Florida. A separate special counsel is overseeing a DOJ probe into Trump’s conduct.

First, notice that the FBI didn’t show up with rifles and body armor to kick in the doors at Biden’s house. This all appears to have been planned in advance. There is no indication (at least thus far) that they rummaged through Jill Biden’s underwear drawer or trashed the place, as was seen at Mar-a-Lago. The entire affair sounds as if it was suspiciously cordial and coordinated.

Next, keep in mind that Joe Biden’s own lawyers, the people charged with protecting him (supposedly), were given weeks to comb through everything before the FBI showed up. Were they sorting through the “really bad” documents that might mention Ukraine or China and just keeping the ones that were more “harmless?” Was there a burn barrel involved for anything that might be too embarrassing or drag other Democrats into the scandal? Inquiring minds would like to know.

Also, as I already pointed out, let’s not forget that Biden’s lawyers had already supposedly been through that house with a fine-toothed comb before the FBI showed up. But the feds managed to “find” six more classified documents in one day? The only two explanations for this are that Biden’s lawyers are really bad at searching and identifying documents or they conveniently “forgot” to pick six of them up so the FBI would have something to “find.” Pick your own poison on that question. When you’re faced with a choice between incompetence and corruption, neither answer looks very good.

We’re getting closer and closer to the State of the Union address, currently scheduled for February 7th. After that, Biden is expected to announce the launch of his reelection campaign. How many more hints do we need suggesting that the powers that be in the Democratic Party do not want Joe Biden to run again? These damning headlines about classified documents cluttering up Biden’s offices and homes are trickling out at a rate that keeps the story in the headlines on a daily basis.

And in an obvious shift from “business as usual” in the MSM, outlets including CNN and NBC News are reporting the story in a serious fashion. Journalists are describing in somber tones what a problem this is for Biden. The entire political/media machine that has worked overtime for two years to ignore all of the crises caused by Biden’s policies and his obvious cognitive decline is now singing a new tune, and it’s one describing a President who is in trouble and very likely shouldn’t run for another term.

Does this still sound like a “conspiracy theory” to anyone? If anything, I’d say it’s almost painfully obvious what’s going on here. Joe Biden has outlived his usefulness to the progressive left but he’s not taking the hint and gracefully heading for the exit. And if he requires a push to get him moving in that direction, his own people seem more than willing to make that happen.

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