Garage logic, Biden style

The White House has just announced that six more classified documents were discovered at the Wilmington house this week. They have been turned over to the Department of Justice, according to the statement released by Biden special assistant Ian Sams reported here by Politico. Politico quotes Sams’s sketchy statement:

The president’s lawyers have acted immediately and voluntarily to provide the Penn Biden documents to the Archives and the Wilmington documents to DOJ. We have now publicly released specific details about the documents identified, how they were identified, and where they were found. The appointment of the Special Counsel in this matter this week means we will now refer specific questions to the Special Counsel’s office moving forward.

You have to love the referral of “specific questions” to the Special Counsel’s Office. The Special Counsel isn’t talking. This is a post-publication illustration of the point that Byron York makes today. Posted at 10:35 a.m. (Eastern) this morning, after Sams’s statement, Byron’s column nevertheless tells you what you need to know to understand what Sams is and isn’t saying. NRO’s Brittany Bernstein has more here in a story based on a statement attributed to Biden attorney Richard Sauber.

President Biden wants you to know that he takes classified documents seriously. We only “know” that because he’s told us so. In other words, we don’t know it at all. The fact that he maintained classified documents in the “locked garage” at his Wilmington home along with his beloved Corvette suggests that perhaps he isn’t be taken at face value.

UPDATE: The New York Times is the first up with a slightly more detailed story, by Charlie Savage. Quoting Biden’s lead personal lawyer, Savage supplies the alleged reasoning behind the Biden team’s reticence in this matter: “Mr. Biden’s legal team had tried to balance being transparent with ‘the established norms and limitations necessary to protect the investigation’s integrity.’” As KJP has been saying all along, it’s all “by the book.”

Savage also cites Bauer on the issue of the applicable timeline:

After Mr. Biden’s personal lawyers discovered Obama-era documents on Nov. 2 in a closet of an office Mr. Biden had used in the Penn Biden Center, the timeline said, the White House notified the National Archives and Records Administration, or NARA, of their discovery, “consistent with statutory requirements.”

For the next eight days, the timeline said, Mr. Biden’s personal lawyers worked with the agency until Nov. 10, when the Justice Department informed them that it had launched an inquiry into what happened.

“Once the president’s personal attorneys heard from D.O.J., the president’s personal attorneys were in regular contact with D.O.J.,” Mr. Bauer said.

As Byron points out, everything we know comes from Biden’s lawyers, who are not to be taken at face value any more than their client is.

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