After classified documents that were marked “top secret” were found in Joe Biden’s post-vice presidential offices, the mainstream media and Democrats absolved him of any wrongdoing.
However, Ken Dilanian, NBC News correspondent for Tuesday, highlighted two crucial questions about the circumstances of the discovery.
“There are some significant concerns here,” Dilanian said on MSNBC. “A) how did these classified documents get to a place they shouldn’t have been and B) why did the White House sit on this for so long?”
“They knew six days before the November midterm. Joe Biden knew, his aides knew, yet they did not tell the public until this leaked to the news media,” he added.
These questions are particularly important as the White House claims Biden didn’t know classified documents were stored in his private office. If Biden didn’t know they existed, who could have, with access to highly classified information and knowledge, stored them in his office?
The timing of the news is suspicious, suggesting that the government may not be as transparent as it claims. We don’t know if Biden has retained additional classified documents or if investigators searched for them.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed U.S. attorney John Lausch Jr. to investigate the discovery. He is a Trump appointee.
Dilanian pointed out that Garland probably tasked Lausch to investigate “to give the appearance of independence.”
Biden addressed the Mexican government directly about Tuesday’s discovery of classified documents.
According to the president, he was “surprised” to discover that any government records had been taken to the office. He also said that he doesn’t know what information these documents might contain.
CNN was told by sources that the documents contained “intelligence memos” and briefing materials related to Iran, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. According to reports, some of the documents were marked “top secret” and given the “sensitive compartmented info” designation. This is usually reserved for highly classified intelligence.