The early facts we know from the discovery of “several classified documents from President Joe Biden’s time as vice president” by Biden’s lawyers while packing up his former office at the Penn Biden Center show very little similarity to the discovery and recovery of hundreds of classified documents found to have been kept by former President Donald Trump at his personal residence in Mar-a-Lago. The immediate and transparent actions by Biden’s lawyers make the likelihood of any criminal culpability very low.
The recovery from Trump of highly sensitive documents pertaining to national security—including ones related to nuclear secrets—came after more than a year of requests, negotiations, grand jury subpoenas and meetings between Trump’s representatives, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Justice Department that culminated in a criminal search warrant being executed on Trump’s home.
That search warrant came only after the DOJ apparently grew alarmed over reports of potential obstruction of justice and the lost trust in representations being made by Trump’s attorneys.
DOJ’s distrust of Trump’s lawyers has only grown worse since the search warrant as they recently asked for Trump lawyers to be held in contempt for failing to comply with a subpoena. [Continue reading…]