The stunning discovery of classified documents in the Wilmington, Delaware, garage of President Joe Biden has sent Democrats scrambling for ways to explain how it is nothing like the classified documents seized by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago, the home of former President Donald Trump, prompting one liberal congressman to go full tin-foil hat and suggest that the trove of materials could have been “planted” next to the Big Guy’s classic Corvette.
This was the second batch of classified documents discovered to be in Biden’s possession, and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) finds the timing of their emergence “suspicious.”
“Alleged classified documents showing up allegedly in the possession of Joseph Biden… I’m suspicious of the timing of it,” Johnson told Fox News on Thursday. “I’m also aware of the fact that things can be planted on people… things can be planted in places and then discovered conveniently. That may be what has occurred here. I’m not ruling that out. But I’m open in terms of the investigation needs to be investigated.”
It’s a conspiracy theory shared by some pretty strange bedfellows, though who would plant the smoking guns on the president is up for debate.
Rep. Johnson’s speculation was echoed by the ladies of ABC’s “The View,” which should probably give any thinking lawmaker pause for thought.
“Does this feel like oppo research to you?” the perpetually clueless Sunny Hostin asked Whoopi Goldberg. “Does it feel like the Republicans are behind it?”
The conspiracy theorists on the View are suggesting Republicans planted classified documents in Joe Biden's garage. pic.twitter.com/cLsOCr5Phk
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) January 12, 2023
But another, far more intelligent host on a different network has also raised an eyebrow over the timing of the discoveries.
Over on Fox News, Tucker Carlson questioned why the documents would suddenly surface “after floating around for a full six years.”
“It’s fair to assume they’ve been moved around a lot, but they are suddenly surfacing now? Right after the midterm election? Why is that?” Carlson asked his viewers on Thursday.
Tucker: "The classified documents that Joe Biden stored in his garage and left at the Penn Center have been floating around for a full 6 years, but they're suddenly surfacing now? Why is that?" pic.twitter.com/Pd7V2aIdPh
— American Firebrand (@AmFirebrand) January 13, 2023
Later in the show, Carlson stated he thinks “it’s really clear” that it was the Democrats who planted the materials in Biden’s garage, to prevent him from running again in 2024.
Tucker: Whether or not you think this is an organized effort from within the Democratic Party to prevent Biden from running again. I think it’s really clear that it is pic.twitter.com/fRvsdfXfJa
— Acyn (@Acyn) January 13, 2023
Of course, all of these theories discount the fact that President Biden himself admitted to Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy that he knew the documents were being stored in his garage.
“Classified materials next to your Corvette?!” Doocy exclaimed at a Thursday press conference. “What were you thinking?”
“My Corvette’s in a locked garage, okay?” Biden replied. “So it’s not like it’s sitting on the street.”
“So the material was in a locked garage?” Doocy asked for clarification.
“Yes,” Biden clearly (for once) stated, “as well as my Corvette.”
DOOCY: "Classified materials next to your Corvette?! What were you thinking?"
BIDEN: "My Corvette's in a locked garage so it's not like it's sitting on the street."
DOOCY: "So the material was in a locked garage?"
BIDEN: "Yes— as well as my Corvette."
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 12, 2023
Meanwhile, much to the surprise of many, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has launched an investigation into the classified materials, appointing Robert Hur as special counsel.
Rep. Johnson welcomed the probe.
“It is refreshing to see the Department of Justice restored from its politicization during the Trump years, and I applaud Attorney General Garland for acting swiftly in appointing a special counsel to investigate the Biden document discoveries,” he told Fox News Digital.
He then fell in line with the struggling official narrative that sprang into existence faster than you can say “Orange Man Bad.”
“Based on what we know, there is a big difference between the Trump and Biden document cases,” he said, insisting that the classified documents in Biden’s possession can not be compared with those found at Mar-a-Lago. “There remains much we don’t know about the Biden document discoveries, and it’s too early to reach any conclusions. I am confident, however, that the process has begun to ensure that we get to the truth, and that justice will be done.”
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) — who doesn’t seem to understand that gaslighting only works when it’s subtle — launched into a mental gymnastics routine without a prayer of sticking the landing.
“Was this inadvertent? It certainly appears that it was. Was there any evidence of obstruction? There certainly appears to be no evidence of that. Was there any evidence of a breach of the security of the documents? I’ve seen no evidence of that, either,” he told Fox News.
“I would just say that I think whenever classified documents are in a place they shouldn’t be, it’s a deep concern for those of us on the Intelligence Committee,” he hedged before going for his dismount.
“There are, as far as I can see, enormous differences between the situation with President Biden and the former president,” Schiff said. “Let’s not lose sight of the seriousness and the contrasting factors that we see with the case of the former president.”
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