The search for classified documents at properties owned by President Joe Biden continues, even after the president declared nearly two weeks ago that “there’s no there there.”
Of course, more classified documents were found just a couple of days after he made that comment and Biden’s attorney confirmed Wednesday morning that the FBI expanded their search of classified documents to include the president’s Delaware beach house. This latest development coming one day after it was revealed that the Justice Department did conduct a search of the think tank office in November — it was initially reported that Biden’s team found the documents.
Fox News legal analyst Jonathan Turley said in response to the latest development that the White House is in a state of “free fall” over a story that keeps evolving and has drawn concerns about whether the president’s son, Hunter Biden, had access to the classified documents to assist with his potentially nefarious business dealings.
NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker reported Wednesday that the FBI has begun conducting a search of the president’s second home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
“FBI agents, as we speak, are searching President Biden’s Rehoboth Beach home for classified documents,” Welker reported from the White House. “This comes of course after there have been a discovery of a number of batches at his think tank here in Washington and also at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.”
“The standard is gross mishandling, which has been satisfied many times over, just by what we know,” Turley said when asked about the “degree of neglect” at play here. “You don’t have to really go thumbing through the code to realize that storing classified material next to your corvette would be viewed as gross mishandling.”
The George Washington University law professor said prosecutors will look at the sensitivity of classified material and the intent behind retaining it, noting that some of the documents are 14 years old.
“Any knowledge during that period is going to show intent to retain those documents,” he said. “So, this is still a very serious question, and I think that the Department of Justice is going to be in a tough position now because of how it has handled this.”
Critiquing the handling of the scandal, Turley said, “The White House is in a free fall. They have adopted a position of not answering questions that is neither legally nor practically sustainable.”
“I think the most dangerous spot in Washington today is any point between Ron Klain and the door,” he added, suggesting the outgoing White House chief of staff’s exit is going to “set a new record in terms of track.
Fox News host Dana Perino, who served as George W. Bush’s press secretary, suggested Klain’s departure gives the White House a chance “to reset the narrative.”
“I think that’s right,” Turley said. “What has been lacking so far is any evidence of control. This is all the control of a falling locomotive. They just are watching this happen like they are pedestrians, and you obviously cannot do that.”
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