The Biden administration’s blatant lack of transparency regarding the ongoing classified documents scandal has even former special counsel Robert Mueller’s infamous pitbull, Andrew Weissmann, now crying foul.
“The WH keeps digging a hole deeper: they have failed to answer so many questions, which is very strange if this is all an innocent mistake,” Weissmann, who’s now an MSNBC contributor, tweeted Saturday.
“Total number of government docs found and precisely where; and what levels of classification? Why wasn’t this all revealed in Nov/Dec?” he added.
The WH keeps digging a hole deeper: they have failed to answer so many questions, which is very strange if this is all an innocent mistake.
-Total number of government docs found and precisely where; and what levels of classification?
-Why wasn’t this all revealed in Nov/Dec?
— Andrew Weissmann (@AWeissmann_) January 14, 2023
The blunt assessment provoked immediate backlash from the administration’s groupies.
Is conjuring a “hole” good journalism? Or are you jumping into the pit of clicks for clout? Biden’s team has disclosed what they’ve found. They’ve been cooperative. They agreed that a SC was a good thing. This isn’t a scandal.
— Acerbic Librarian (@1060wAddy) January 14, 2023
What is going on with you? I typically have appreciated your analysis, but these recent ‘what ifs’ and ‘what abouts’, without facts, paired with your posts about whatever game you’re playing has me questioning wanting to see your posts.
— L-Leon ️⚧️️☮️ #resister (@EllenKruger14) January 14, 2023
Stop speculating. It promulgates false equivalencies between the good & bad guys and promotes a fake hysteria that Ru/GOP desperately need to survive. U breathe energy into their false narratives.
BTW: America is under attack and the Biden admin is our only defender these days.
— blmohr (@blmohr) January 14, 2023
Weissmann’s tweet came after a week of the White House deflecting and obfuscating in the face of a rash of unusually tough questions from the establishment press.
The tweet likewise came on the same day that the White House revealed that another batch of classified documents were found at the president’s Delaware home.
“President Joe Biden’s aides found five additional pages of classified material at his personal residence in Wilmington, Delaware, on the same day a special counsel was appointed to investigate the matter, the White House announced on Saturday,” CNN reported.
“That new disclosure marks the latest shift in the total number of documents with classified markings discovered by Biden’s lawyers in a week that has dramatically shifted the trajectory of an administration at the same moment it has raised significant questions about its handling of a legally precarious matter.”
Notice what CNN wrote about the documents being found “on the same day a special counsel was appointed to investigate the matter.”
That means the documents were found on Thursday. Yet it took two days for the White House to reveal as much publicly. Why?
So @POTUS hid for two days from the American people that more classified docs were found? After waiting for 4 months to tell people there were any at all. This is neglect at best, criminal at worst. @WhiteHouse
— Joe Pratt (@CoachJoePratt) January 15, 2023
What’s also notable is that Thursday was the same day that White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed that the classified documents scandal was effectively over.
TWO DAYS AGO, Karine Jean-Pierre insisted “the search [for classified documents] is complete. He is confident in this process. And I will leave it there.”
TODAY, Biden’s White House announced they found 5 more classified documents in Biden’s home in Wilmington. pic.twitter.com/xyyUtBY4j8
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 14, 2023
Apparently, she was completely wrong … again.
All this comes as the Democrat Party’s most high-profile figures continue to remain radio silence over the scandal.
“Leaders of the Democratic Party who were once swift to condemn former President Donald Trump for mishandling classified documents are notably silent in the face of a similar scandal involving President Biden,” Fox News noted Sunday.
Instead Democrats have been busy jabbering about anything and everything else.
Case in point:
We will not let the U.S. economy be held hostage by Extreme MAGA Republicans who want to detonate Social Security and Medicare.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) January 14, 2023
If Republicans follow the extreme MAGA wing of their party off a cliff, keep caving to election deniers and those who threaten our democracy, and help the wealthy at the expense of the working class:
Democrats will fight tooth and nail against these attacks.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) January 13, 2023
To be fair, a handful of lower-level Democrats have spoken out, including Mark Warner.
“Warner, also Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, called for Biden officials to brief his committee on what documents were found in Biden’s possession. He made a similar inquiry of Trump’s team after documents were found at Mar-a-Lago,” according to Fox News.
Credit where it’s due.
Meanwhile, Rep. Hank Johnson has claimed there are “big differences” between the classified documents scandal facing Biden and the one facing Trump.
He’s also suggested that the classified documents found at the president’s locations were “planted” there …
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