by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Since the first report about President Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified documents dropped, very little has added up.
In rapid fashion, we learned that Biden’s lawyers had located a batch of classified documents in the president’s Washington, D.C., think tank shortly before the midterm elections. They then discovered a second batch of highly sensitive material in the garage of his Wilmington, Delaware, residence, and revealed that additional documents were found inside the home. Before we knew it, Attorney General Merrick Garland had appointed a special counsel to take over the investigation from U.S. Attorney John Lausch Jr.
First, it was odd that Biden’s top lawyers were personally searching his old office. And second, it was surprising that they immediately alerted the National Archives and Records Administration, as they claim to have done. After all, knowing the media firestorm that would surely ensue, why wouldn’t his personal attorneys, who ostensibly have their client’s best interests in mind, try to settle the matter quietly on their own?
I’m not saying it would have been right to bypass NARA officials, but since when have the Democrats worried about playing by the rules?
It all feels very contrived. As far as Biden’s alleged transgressions go, the discovery of a handful of misplaced documents seems the least of them. But there’s a reason this scandal is playing out now. And that reason could very well be that his party wants to prevent him from running for reelection.
Biden was a useful pawn in the 2020 election and has served Democrats well thus far. Just centrist enough to convince voters who were tired of former President Donald Trump that he’d be a welcome swing back to the middle, but not centrist enough to resist the leftist impulses of his party, Biden is exactly what Democrats needed him to be. But now, it appears they would like him to go away.