January 13 – Earlier this week news broke about classified documents discovered in President Joe Biden’s office and home and comparisons to the Trump case have abounded.
Classified documents were found in early November from Biden’s office at the University of Pennsylvania in Washington, DC, and more recently, classified documents were discovered at Biden’s library and garage in his Delaware home in late December.
The documents included information about Ukraine, Iran and the United Kingdom.
Yesterday US Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to look into the case of the documents found in Biden’s home and office.
Ohio Congressman Warren Davidson said earlier, “Everywhere you turn, you see this double-standard. Clearly when Donald Trump is caught with classified information that he shouldn’t have had outside of proper storage, there was a different standard from the Department of Justice than what’s being shown towards Joe Biden. We’re sick of it.”
The first documents were found before the midterm elections, but we’re only now hearing about it – and it came from CBS News, not the Department of Justice.
Attorney Clint Barkdoll said, “I think this thing is very curious. I do think Merrick Garland made the right call. You have to have this equal application of the law and to the extent there’s a special counsel on the Trump case, Garland has no appointed a special counsel on this Biden case and again I think smartly has chosen someone from the Trump administration to spearhead the investigation. This insulates Garland from any suggestion of politics.”
Biden has said he didn’t know about the documents.
Barkdoll said, “Biden and his team, they’re violating that first rule of public relations, get it out early, get it all out and get it out yourself. They’re not doing any of that and I think the longer this comes out in a drip, drip, drip fashion, it’s very damaging to him politically, the legal issues aside.”
Michele Jansen of NewsTalk 103.7FM said, “I think the UPenn connection here and this think tank and all the money coming in from China. The fact that the University of Penn professors were instrumental in killing the China initiative, meaning that program that was to look into the influence? We know intellectual property is being stolen left and right by China. That’s well documented. There’s been a lot of interaction with universities. It seems pretty uncontrolled. That was supposed to be looked into. These University of Penn professors are a huge group that was among those that wrote a letter to stop that. It was based on such flimsy ideas of getting back to the ideology of equity and inclusion. ‘Oh, it was discriminatory. How dare they put China in the title?’ China is hurting us more than any other country. COVID 19, intellectual property stolen, buying up farm land like crazy, all kinds of problems. Here’s Biden compromised by potentially his family receiving money. All kinds of connections there. Now the University of Pennsylvania giving the ambassadorships to the president and a board director to Canada and Germany. All the money flowing in, anonymous money, into the University of Pennsylvania, into this think tank. This looks so corrupt. Not to mention the Biden administration officials who worked at this think tank, including the secretary of state. This looks bad.”
Pat Ryan wondered, “And where will John Joyce, on the China Task Force, what happens with that? Do we relight that candle and throw some gas on that candle with John’s committee that he sat on.”
Barkdoll said, “Does this possibly give Biden an off-ramp? He has not announced he’s running for re-election yet. The last few weeks the trend seems to be yes he is going to run. Could this be the kind of thing that gives him an off-ramp?”
Remember, a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime.
Barkdoll said, “That’s the other dilemma here. If these special prosecutors come back to the DOJ recommending that charges be filed, you’ve then got this dilemma of certainly they couldn’t charge Trump and then not charge Biden or vice versa. This could give Garland an off-ramp, too, when he says I’m just not going to charge either of them. Now Trump does have some other problems because Trump’s case also has some obstruction issues and other issues related to it, but the bottom line whether you’re the president or the ex-president, you don’t want a special prosecutor rummaging around your files, your offices.”
Indeed, the Bill Clinton/Monica Lewinsky scandal was the result of the White Water investigation.
Barkdoll said, “My point is sometimes these special prosecutor cases can morph in to all sorts of things that were not in the original scope of the investigation.”
Yesterday’s New York Times printed more than 6,000 words – more than three full print pages – on Hunter Biden and questions that reporters had about issues that should be looked at or examined. It was a four-person byline.
Barkdoll predicted, “I think you’re going to see all of that now start to ramp up with these House committees and maybe now with this special prosecutor on board.”