(RightWing.org) – Despite President Biden’s best efforts to ignore it, the classified document scandal continues to grow as federal agents seized more documents from one of his homes last week. The White House is still trying to keep a lid on the controversy, though.
Q: "Has the FBI conducted any searches of any other locations associated with the president that you or the WH is aware of?"
WH Counsel's Office advisor Ian Sams doesn't give a yes or no, saying "I don’t want to speak too much to the DOJ's practices in an ongoing investigation." pic.twitter.com/qVAPu8RiJD
— Washington Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) February 1, 2023
On February 1, the FBI searched Biden’s beach home in Rehoboth, Delaware, for unauthorized documents. During a four-hour inspection, they found handwritten notes, which were removed from the property. The same day a reporter asked Ian Sams, senior advisor to the White House Counsel’s Office if any other properties linked to Biden were being searched by federal agents. Sams was evasive, saying, “I think we’re providing information as this goes on” and insisting the White House was cooperating with the investigation.
Sams clearly wants to emphasize that the Justice Department’s probe into Biden’s handling of classified documents is open and transparent, but their actions so far have not aligned with the evidence. Case in point, the first documents were found back in November, in Biden’s former office at a University of Pennsylvania think tank — but the story was kept quiet until January, sparking accusations the White House had covered it up until after the midterm elections. It’s now known the National Archives had prepared a press release about the discovery but were ordered not to release it.
So far, classified documents have been discovered in Biden’s old office at the Penn Biden Center and in the garage of his Wilmington, Delaware, home. Now notes have been recovered from his beach house. The president’s attorneys insist those notes weren’t marked as classified, but that’s not the same as saying there was no classified information in them.
Now the White House is refusing to say if other locations are being searched. This is part of an emerging pattern where searches are only reported after documents have been found. If the administration wants to prove it’s being fully transparent, it needs to be a lot more open about the extent and the timing of the investigation.
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