The classified documents scandal that has ensnared President Joe Biden has also produced a mystery of sorts.
As previously reported, in the past couple of months the president’s attorneys have found classified documents both in his office at the University of Pennsylvania’s
Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement think tank and at his Delaware home.
But why were the attorneys looking for documents at these places in the first place? This is a question that many would like answered, including House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
“They say the attorneys found these documents. Who told the attorneys to look there? Somebody else knew the documents were there all along. Otherwise, why would the attorneys even look?” he theorized Friday on Fox News’ “Jesse Watters Primetime.”
This prompted Fox News host Jesse Watters to ask, “Do you think it was Joe Biden who told his legal team to go look in the closet of the Biden think tank because he just happened to want to clean up shop? Or do you think someone else told the lawyers to look there?”
“Don’t know, but why would the lawyers ever look? Whoever hires lawyers to be movers? And he told us the garage is locked, and it’s really tough, because every American garage has one button, and it opens up,” McCarthy responded.
“But how did they know to be around the Corvette? How did they know they were back there? I don’t know. Maybe they watched his Corvette commercial. But who told the attorneys? No one has asked that question. And then why don’t we ask further, inside the Biden’s think tank, what has happened to those who have worked at that University? Well, two became ambassadors. One happened to become our secretary of state. Do we ever ask questions about that?”
He’s not the only one asking questions.
What prompted them to look for Joe Biden’s classified documents?
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) January 16, 2023
Here’s a good question –
Why were Biden’s personal lawyers looking for classified documents in a locked closet at the Penn Biden Center in November 2022?
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) January 15, 2023
Notice what McCarthy said about hiring lawyers to be movers.
According to PolitiFact, the files found at the Penn Biden Center were discovered while the president’s attorneys were “packing files in preparation for vacating office space used by the former vice president.”
Legal scholar Jonathan Turley was also caught off guard by this, though he did offer one possible explanation.
“The initial use of lawyers is notable. While it seems a fairly pricey moving crew, Biden could argue a trove of documents might require a judgment on where they should be sent and whether they belong to Biden, the Penn Biden Center or the government,” he wrote in a New York Post piece published last weekend.
Still, he continued, it seems odd.
“But why was a legal team sent in six years after Biden took the documents on leaving as vice president? Were the lawyers specifically selected because they had clearances, an acknowledgment there might be classified material unlawfully housed in the office?” Turley asked.
Even The Washington Post has raised questions about this.
“Why were Biden’s personal lawyers packing up his Penn Biden Center office?
That is unclear,” the Post reported earlier this month.
Some critics believe that the narrative that the president’s lawyers simply stumbled on the classified documents by accident while packing is phony bologna.
Case in point:
“The official story—that they stumbled on secret documents at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement while they were “packing files”—is improbable on its face.
— ไตร (@tri26) January 20, 2023
The only answers so far have come from Richard Sauber, special counsel to President Biden.
“The documents were discovered when the president’s personal attorneys were packing files housed in a locked closet to prepare to vacate office space at the” Penn Biden Center,” he said last week.
But this explanation only provoked more questions.
“Why were Biden’s closest and most trusted aides — covered by attorney-client privilege — preparing to vacate office space at a center named after him? Who decided that the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement was not a good place to store documents from Biden’s time as vice president, and why?” National Review’s Jim Geraghty asked in response.
Also, why were the president’s attorneys “vacating” the Penn Center after only four years of it being open?
Especially after the University of Pennsylvania told The Philadelphia Inquirer that “the center was always intended to continue even after Biden moved on” by running for president.
Geraghty’s theory is that the president’s attorneys purposefully began digging for classified documents after former President Donald Trump’s own classified documents scandal erupted in a bid to stop him from being labeled a hypocrite.
“Perhaps the most intriguing possibility in all this was whether Biden’s lawyer was specifically looking for classified information that had been left over from Biden’s time as vice president,” he wrote.
“After all, about a month or so earlier, Biden appeared on 60 Minutes and asked, with stern disapproval, how anyone could possibly be so irresponsible as to take classified information out of a government facility. Did someone on Biden’s team belatedly realize that Biden or one of his staffers may have done the same?” he added.
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