Biden's document story keeps changing, this time by nine boxes

This trove of materials was previously housed at the Penn Biden Center in Washington.

Published: March 8, 2023 9:53pm

Updated: March 9, 2023 12:08am

President Joe Biden strongly condemned former President Donald Trump's handling of classified materials following the FBI's Aug. 8, 2022 raid on Mar-a-Lago, yet an ever-growing number of document discoveries appears to undercut his criticisms.

The National Archives and Records Administration in a March 7 letter to GOP Sens. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin confirmed that it had recovered a further nine boxes of materials from the Boston office of Biden's attorney, Patrick Moore.

Moreover, despite claiming possession of them in November and storing the materials in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, "NARA has not reviewed the contents of the boxes found at Mr. Moore's Boston office," acting Archivist Debra Steidel Wall told the lawmakers.

This trove of materials was previously housed at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, the site at which a lawyer cleaning out Biden's former office discovered classified materials that reportedly included intelligence on the U.K., Iran, and Ukraine. Biden said in January that he was "surprised" to learn of the discovery.

Reports of the discovery first emerged in January of this year and prompted Biden staff to comb facilities and offices he occupied for additional sensitive materials. That search turned up more materials, including multiple batches of documents marked classified at his Delaware home. Biden indicated he had been aware of at least one such batch, defending his storage of documents inside his locked garage alongside his Corvette.

Attorney General Merrick Garland, facing intense GOP criticism, eventually appointed special counsel Robert Hur to handle the Department of Justice's Biden-related dealings.

The revelation of the Boston documents prompted detractors to contrast Biden's condemnation of Trump with his own handling of a comparable situation.

Political commentator Dan Eberhart summed up the ironic nature of the discovery with a rhetorical question: "Remember when Democrats and Biden himself [said] stuff like this was a threat to democracy itself?"

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on Twitter.

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