THE BIG PROBLEM WITH THE JOE BIDEN DOCUMENTS STORY. This could be the shortest newsletter ever. The biggest problem with the Joe Biden documents story is this: We know only what Joe Biden’s lawyers have told us. And the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the case will make the problem worse.
Now, some elaboration. The initial fact that Biden, after his term as vice president ended, kept some classified documents in his possession was revealed by a team of Biden lawyers. In making a public statement, they noted that the discovery of the classified documents, on Nov. 2, 2022, in Biden’s old office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, D.C., was made by…a team of Biden lawyers.
Biden’s lawyers did not tell us. They said simply, “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 in Washington.” But why were they doing it at that moment? “Beware when the narrative starts in the middle,” advises Jason Foster, a former longtime investigative counsel in the Senate and now head of Empower Oversight. “It may mean someone doesn’t want you to know how it began.”
Indeed, the Biden documents story starts in the middle. We don’t know how it began. How did the classified documents end up in the former vice president’s possession? We don’t know.
So go back to the original point: The biggest problem with the Joe Biden documents story is that we know only what Joe Biden’s lawyers have told us. And that is just the way Biden wants it.
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