The Biden administration’s claim of transparency is being called into question as legal experts raise concerns about the possibility of criminal activity and a lack of cooperation with the Department of Justice’s investigation into the mishandling of classified documents.
President Biden spent the weekend at his Rehoboth residence as the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched his Wilmington home and found six additional classified documents.
However, the White House has refused to say whether the DOJ will or should conduct a search of the Rehoboth residence for more classified documents, raising suspicions about what they may be hiding.
Law professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington University said that there is little reason to trust Biden’s lawyers in their searches for classified documents as their messaging on when they’ve obtained documents has remained inconsistent and many of them do not have security clearances.
He stated, “It’s hard to understand why the FBI is still deliberating on whether to search the Rehoboth residence. There is a clear pattern here. The president has left a trail of classified documents wherever he has worked or lived. Yet the FBI does not appear sufficiently motivated to check one of his main residences.”
Former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, Andrew McCarthy, said the FBI should have searched all of Biden’s residences once they knew classified documents were first discovered in November and should not have allowed Biden’s lawyers to conduct the searches on their own, as they’ve proven to be “incompetent”.
He added, “It is utterly irresponsible of the Justice Department to encourage Biden to have people without security clearances look for classified documents. The fact that Biden’s lawyers said they looked through the Rehoboth house shouldn’t give anyone confidence.”
The classified documents discovered Friday marked the fifth batch found, with one at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C., and four at his Wilmington residence. This discovery came one week after White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the search for documents at the Wilmington residence was complete.
As the investigation into the mishandling of classified documents continues, it is crucial for the Biden administration to fully cooperate with the DOJ and allow for thorough searches of all of the President’s residences to ensure the American people that there is no criminal activity taking place. It is time for the Biden administration to be transparent and come clean about what they may be hiding.