A fourth tranche of documents marked classified was found at President Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware residence, White House counsel revealed over the weekend.
The discovery follows that of other documents from Biden’s time as vice president, which were found at a Washington think tank and in his personal garage. A third discovery, this time of a classified document in Biden’s Delaware home, occurred on Thursday. When classified documents were supposedly found at former President Donald Trump’s palace at Mar-a-Lago through an FBI raid, Biden shamed his Republican predecessor as “irresponsible.”
“How that could possibly happen, how one — anyone could be that irresponsible,” Biden said.
From the moment the first records were discovered at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, however, Biden’s allies in the legacy press corps jumped to give cover for the flagrant hypocrisy. And of course, shortly after news of the records surfaced, the narratives collapsed.
1. Washington Post Says Biden Docs Are Different
Just after CBS News dropped its bombshell report on the classified documents from Biden’s time as vice president discovered in a Washington office, The Washington Post sought to dispel comparisons to the FBI raid conducted on Trump’s Palm Beach home.
“The case will likely draw comparisons to Mar-a-Lago but appears quite different,” the Post reported. “Officials have said the Trump investigation concerns not just the possible mishandling of classified documents, but possible obstruction of justice or destruction of records.”
While the two cases aren’t all that different, there are major distinctions between them worth highlighting. Biden kept the documents for six years. The timeframe exceeded the entire tenure of President Obama’s Republican successor. Was team Biden hiding certain material from the Trump administration? Some of the material found reportedly had to do with Ukraine, where Hunter Biden was engaged in a myriad of business ventures now under investigation by his father’s Department of Justice (DOJ).
Biden’s attorneys also found four tranches of classified documents stored across multiple unsecured locations. Federal law enforcement confiscated records at Trump’s 128-room complex in Florida, and nowhere else.
2. CNN Uses Dead Son as Shield for Docs Scandal
On Thursday, CNN published a frenzied narrative of Biden’s final days in the Obama administration that may have led to the mishandling of classified material.
“Partly to wrap up his policy portfolios, partly to tout his accomplishments, and partly to occupy himself following the death of his son a year earlier,” CNN explained, “Biden thrust himself into work in a final sprint to mark what then appeared to be the end of a four-decade run at the highest levels of government.”
3. ‘The View’ Ladies Suggest Republicans Planted Documents in Biden’s Home
Joy Behar, a longtime co-host of ABC’s “The View,” insinuated Republicans planted the documents in Biden’s residence.
“I’ve never seen a luckier person than Donald Trump,” Behar said. “Just as we’re this close to getting him, somehow these documents appear.”
“Does it feel like the Republicans are behind it?” asked co-host Sunny Hostin a few minutes later.
4. Behar Pardons Biden Because Biden Doesn’t ‘Lie’
Behar also tried to exonerate President Biden last week by claiming the commander-in-chief never lies.
“We all know that Trump is a liar and a thief,” Behar said on the daytime program. “We don’t think that Biden is a liar and a thief, so we give him the benefit of the doubt.”
5. ABC News Repeats White House Talking Points
ABC News sought to shield the president from any appearance of misconduct by amplifying White House talking points contrasting the snafu to the administration’s raid at Mar-a-Lago.
According to the Media Research Center last week, ABC justice correspondent Pierre Thomas went on “World News Tonight” to downplay the classified documents found in Biden’s private possession.
“The White House emphasizes that as soon as Biden’s attorneys discovered the documents, they quickly contacted the National Archives, which in turn reached out to the Justice Department, which has launched a preliminary investigation,” Thomas said. “Former President Donald Trump, on the other hand, who took more than 300 classified documents with him to Mar-a-Lago, refused to turn over all the material for months, which ultimately led the FBI to search his home.”