The classified documents that have been found in a few locations belonging to President Joe Biden from when he served in the Obama administration as Vice President has yet another twist. Special Counsel Richard Sauber said over the weekend that he personally found five new classified documents.
“Because I have a security clearance, I went to Wilmington Thursday evening to facilitate providing the document the President’s personal counsel found on Wednesday to the Justice Department,” Sauber said.
“While I was transferring it to the DOJ officials who accompanied me, five additional pages with classification markings were discovered among the material with it, for a total of six pages. The DOJ officials with me immediately took possession of them.”
The first set of classified documents were found November 2, 2022 by Biden’s own lawyers at his office at the Penn Biden Center. The think tank’s office served as Biden’s private office from 2017 to 2019. Not only was the office his after he served as Vice President, meaning there is no business for classified documents to have ever been there, but the discovery of the documents was never publicly released until after the 2022 midterm elections. How convenient for Democrats.
Once discovery of the classified documents came to light, the White House Counsel’s office then searched Biden’s homes in Delaware this past week during which “a small number of additional Obama-Biden administration records with classified markings.” Most of the documents were found in a storage space in Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware garage, the lawyers noted.
We have now publicly released specific details about the documents identified, how they were identified, and where they were found,” Sauber said. “The appointment of the special counsel in this matter this week means we will now refer specific questions to the special counsel’s office moving forward. As I said Thursday, the White House will cooperate with the newly appointed special counsel.”
While White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has claimed the White House has been “transparent” on the matter, but when asked when Biden would speak about the issue, Jean-Pierre replied that she doesn’t have a “magic wand.”
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Santos, indicted on 23 counts related to wire fraud, identity theft, and other charges, has not faced conviction but stands accused of misusing campaign funds for opulent purchases. The bipartisan vote, tallying 311 to 114, signaled robust support for expulsion, with a marginally higher number of Republicans opting to retain Santos.
Questions loomed as Speaker Johnson left the chamber, his silence leaving the fate of the ongoing government spending battle uncertain. According to reports from Fox News, Democratic Rep. Steny Hoyer emphasized the non-partisan nature of the decision, asserting that members concluded Santos had tarnished the House’s reputation and was unfit for representation.
Within the GOP, conflicting opinions emerged, with Rep. Darrell Issa arguing against expulsion, citing the presumption of innocence. The tight-lipped stance of the House Ethics Committee played a pivotal role in the deliberations.
Conversely, members of the New York Republican delegation, led by Rep. Marc Molinaro, asserted Santos’ commission of crimes, justifying expulsion based on a comprehensive investigation.
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