The media has embarrassed itself again by trying to soft-pedal Joe Biden’s stolen documents scandal. Someone on Biden’s staff leaked the story to NBC News that a second batch of stolen classified documents has now been found in Joe Biden’s garage at one of his mansions, as well as in a “second location” in the same home.
After initially pretending that it was no big deal, both the media and the Biden White House are now realizing they have a full-blown crisis on their hands.
Donald Trump having so-called classified documents at his home is perfectly legal, because he’s a former president. As a former vice president, Joe Biden committed a felony by stealing these classified documents without authority and storing them in an unauthorized location for six years.
Let’s not forget, Joe Biden was a private citizen for four of the past six years as he was hanging onto documents related to Ukraine and Iran. And we dare anyone to check and see whether Joe Biden’s garage or the closet in his office at the Penn Biden Center are “authorized locations.”
18 U.S. Code § 1924 states that any officer of the United States who “knowingly removes such [classified] documents or materials without authority and with the intent to retain such documents or materials at an unauthorized location shall be fined under this title or imprisoned for not more than five years, or both.”
The press keeps saying that Joe Biden “mishandled” these documents. That’s not what the law says. The law says he unlawfully removed them from whatever secure location they were originally in and retained them in an unauthorized location. We don’t know if the documents stayed in Biden’s closet or garage in the intervening six years after he stole them.
The slow walking of information about this tells us several things. First, there are going to be more documents discovered. This is just the tip of the iceberg. They waited three months to tell the public about the first batch of stolen documents that were hidden in Biden’s private office at UPenn.
They conveniently waited until after the midterm elections, since the Department of Justice had just finished rifling through Melania Trump’s underwear drawer. The “optics” would have been terrible for Democrats in the midterms, especially since they’d been calling for Donald Trump to be executed for treason for having perfectly legal documents in his possession.
Second, this could be part of the effort to finally start shuffling Joe Biden off to the glue factory. Biden served his purpose as the figurehead when they needed to steal the 2020 election from Trump, but the Democrat Party has had it with him now. They desperately want to replace him with Gavin Newsom. This scandal could be the excuse to show Joe the door.
We can expect more details to emerge when the head of the National Archives is called to testify before House Republicans at some point this month. Why is there such an incredible disparity between how Joe Biden is being treated, versus how Donald Trump was treated?
For that matter, why is Donald Trump being treated differently than George W. Bush and Barack Obama? Both of those former presidents took millions of pages of documents with them when they left the White House. The National Archives has never reviewed those documents to see if any are classified, and never will because it’s not really a crime for a former president to hang onto these things if they choose to do so.
It’s not the same for former vice presidents. Joe Biden committed felony theft, and it looks very much like there will be more stolen classified documents found in Biden’s possession before this is over.