National Archives claims it wasn’t allowed to announce Biden Classified Doc Discovery



National Archives claims it wasn’t allowed to announce Biden Classified Doc Discovery

Only two people who could have given him those orders, and that is either the Department of Justice with Merrick Garland or the White House with Joe Biden. ~Rep. James Comer

By Ben Whedon

House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., said the National Archives had claimed it was not permitted to publicly discuss the discovery of classified materials at various locations once occupied by President Joe Biden, prompting the lawmaker to suggest that the administration had intervened.

Comer met with National Archives general counsel Gary Stern on Tuesday. Prior to the meeting, Comer says he was handed a letter from the Department of Justice indicating that Stern was barred from commenting on the matter.

Getty Images

“Right before the National Archives came in, they handed us a letter from the Department of Justice informing them and us that the general counsel for the National Archives wasn’t allowed to say anything about the Biden documents. But we went ahead and we had about a three-plus hour transcribed interview with the general counsel, and what we learned was that there is a double standard here with how Donald Trump was treated versus Joe Biden,” Comer said in an appearance on Fox News.

“[T]he general counsel said that he did do press releases, but he was ordered and told they couldn’t be published,” Comer said. “[T]here are only two people who could have given him those orders, and that is either the Department of Justice with Merrick Garland or the White House with Joe Biden.”

The Archives have previously publicly commented on matters pertaining to the investigation of former President Donald Trump over his alleged mishandling of classified documents, a disparity Comer noted.

“[W]hat we learned was that there is a double standard here with how Donald Trump was treated versus Joe Biden,” he concluded.

*********

(TLB) published  this article  with permission of John Solomon at Just the News.  Click Here to read about the staff at Just the News

Header featured image (edited) credit: National Archives/orginal JtN article

Emphasis and pictorial content added by (TLB) editors

••••

••••

Stay tuned to …

••••

The Liberty Beacon Project is now expanding at a near exponential rate, and for this we are grateful and excited! But we must also be practical. For 7 years we have not asked for any donations, and have built this project with our own funds as we grew. We are now experiencing ever increasing growing pains due to the large number of websites and projects we represent. So we have just installed donation buttons on our websites and ask that you consider this when you visit them. Nothing is too small. We thank you for all your support and your considerations … (TLB)

••••

Comment Policy: As a privately owned web site, we reserve the right to remove comments that contain spam, advertising, vulgarity, threats of violence, racism, or personal/abusive attacks on other users. This also applies to trolling, the use of more than one alias, or just intentional mischief. Enforcement of this policy is at the discretion of this websites administrators. Repeat offenders may be blocked or permanently banned without prior warning.

••••

Disclaimer: TLB websites contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available to our readers under the provisions of “fair use” in an effort to advance a better understanding of political, health, economic and social issues. The material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving it for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes other than “fair use” you must request permission from the copyright owner.

••••

Disclaimer: The information and opinions shared are for informational purposes only including, but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material are not intended as medical advice or instruction. Nothing mentioned is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Source

Report: White House Officials Are ‘Suspicious’ of Classified Doc Leak to Press After 68 Days of Secrecy

Report: White House Officials Are ‘Suspicious’ of Classified Doc Leak to Press After 68 Days of Secrecy

White House officials are reportedly suspicious about how President Joe Biden’s classified document scandal was leaked to the press after only a select group of White House and Justice Department officials knew about the violation.

The plot to hide the scandal, initially designed by eight of Biden’s closest confidants with apparent approval from the Justice Department, was suddenly leaked to CBS News 68 days after Biden’s personal attorney unearthed the classified documents at the Penn Biden Center. It is unclear why or what Biden’s personal attorneys were originally seeking at the center funded in part by anonymous Chinese donations.

According to the New York Times, there is suspicion within the White House about how the scandal became public after it had been tightly under wraps for weeks between Biden’s eight aides and the Justice Department. Despite the administration’s claims of transparency after the fact, those eight aides and the DOJ agreed to hide the scandal from the American people until it leaked to the press on January 9, sixty-eight days after the documents were unearthed by an unknown cause on November 2, the Washington Post reported Thursday.

The president’s senior adviser Anita Dunn was initially “adamant” about hiding the legal disaster from the press because “the only thing that would create legal exposure would be drawing public attention to it,” the Times reported Friday. The plot to keep the scandal concealed from the public was further fueled because the aides worried “the very act of publicizing the discovery of the documents would create a political furor that would make the appointment of a special counsel unavoidable.”

President Joe Biden boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, en route to California. (AP Photo/Jess Rapfogel)

President Joe Biden boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, en route to California. (AP Photo/Jess Rapfogel)

“The quiet cooperation continued for weeks” between the aides and the DOJ, which not only tried to obscure the scandal from public view but refused to divulge that the second trove of classified documents was already unearthed at Biden’s home in Wilmington when CBS News first contacted the White House about the initial leak of classified documents apparently illegally stored at the Biden Penn Center, according to the Post.

Biden’s personal attorneys were not the individuals who sought to unearth more documents at Biden’s residence. The Times reported the widened search was demanded by the DOJ. After about 25 classified documents — some of which are top secret — were found between three locations, the DOJ appointed a special counsel, a move Biden’s aides reportedly were trying to prevent.

On Thursday, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. James Comer (R-KY), told Breitbart News exclusively he plans to probe the Biden administration’s reported plot to hide the classified document scandal from the American people.

“The Biden White House’s secrecy in this matter is alarming,” Comer said. “Many questions need to be answered but one thing is certain: oversight is coming.”

The White House, Justice Department, and National Archives have so far stonewalled Comer’s demands for information related to the scandal.

Critics have questioned why Biden’s personal attorneys were initially looking for classified documents. The White House has not yet explained why or what caused the attorneys to search for the classified materials, despite Biden’s claims his administration has provided complete transparency.

According to a Wednesday Quinnipiac poll, 60 percent of Americans believe Biden inappropriately mishandled classified materials related to Ukraine, Iran, and the United Kingdom.

Follow Wendell Husebø on Twitter @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.

Source

Report: White House, DOJ Agreed to Hide Classified Document Scandal 

The White House and Justice Department (DOJ) reportedly agreed to hide President Joe Biden’s classified document scandal from the American people until it leaked to the press, despite their repeated claims of transparency.

Not only did the White House and DOJ try to obscure the scandal from public view, but they also refused to divulge that the second trove of classified documents were already unearthed at Biden’s home in Wilmington when CBS News first contacted the White House about the initial leak of classified documents apparently illegally stored at the Biden Penn Center, according to the Washington Post: “Early on, Biden’s attorneys and Justice Department investigators both thought they had a shared understanding about keeping the matter quiet,” the Post admitted, noting the Biden administration’s attempt to conceal revelations of the second trove of stashed documents.

“CBS News was the first news organization to learn of the matter, contacting the White House on Jan. 6 to ask about the Penn Biden Center documents,” the report continued. “White House officials confirmed the scoop, but since the investigation was ongoing, they decided not to offer any additional details — including the critical information that a second batch of documents had been discovered at Biden’s home.”

That the Biden administration tried to conceal the scandal contradicts their claims of transparency.

“There was transparency in doing what you’re supposed to do when these items were discovered,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre falsely claimed on January 12.

inflation - Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during a press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, May 5, 2022, after it was announced White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki would step down from her role next week and be replaced by Jean-Pierre. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

Karine Jean-Pierre speaks during a press briefing in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, May 5, 2022. (SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images

Since the Justice Department appointed a special prosecutor, the White House has provided little transparency. “I’m just going to continue to be prudent here. I’m going to let this ongoing review that is happening — this legal process that is happening — let that process continue under the special counsel. We’re not — I’m not — going to comment from here,” Jean-Pierre said Tuesday.

“Look, guys, you guys can ask me this 100 times, 200 times, if you wish. I’m going to keep saying the same thing,” she added. “I hear your question. It’s been asked. It’s been answered. It’s been noted.”

Critics have questioned why Biden’s personal attorneys were initially searching for Biden’s illegally stashed documents. The White House has failed to provide the initial reason or cause for the search.

Follow Wendell Husebø on Twitter @WendellHusebø. He is the author of Politics of Slave Morality.

Source

Journalist who scored legal win against Twitter to sue Pfizer and White House

Pfizer is being taken to court by journalist Alex Berenson for its latest legal and ethical violations.

Former New York Times journalist Alex Berenson this week announced his plans to sue both Pfizer and the White House for their respective roles in censoring his reporting about the failures of the Covid-19 mRNA injections.

“I will be going to court to fight back,” Berenson announced Saturday, forecasting an “epic legal battle over the way the government and Big Pharma used social media companies to censor debate” over the shots.

Berenson scored a legal win against Twitter in 2022 after taking the social media giant to federal court for banning him from its platform. His case survived Twitter’s motion to dismiss — an unprecedented legal victory that ultimately saw Twitter admit its mistake and let Berenson back on the platform.

This week, Berenson described that historic settlement with Twitter as “only the start” of his fight.

Hard Evidence of Censorship Conspiracy

“I now have hard evidence of the way the White House tried and ultimately succeeded in forcing Twitter to ban me — a violation of my First Amendment rights,” Berenson announced via Substack — “and how Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a Pfizer board member, participated in the conspiracy.”

The hard evidence to which Berenson refers came to light this week through Elon Musk’s Twitter Files. In the most recent cache of exposed documents, Gottlieb pressured a Twitter White House contact to censor physician Dr. Brett Giroir for the accurate claim that people with natural immunity do not need Pfizer’s product.

“It’s now clear #COVID19 natural immunity is superior to #vaccine immunity, by ALOT,” Dr. Giroir had tweeted. “There’s no scientific justification for #vax proof if a person had prior infection.”

In response, Gottlieb protested to his Twitter contact that Giroir’s post was “corrosive” and would “end up going viral and driving news coverage”.

Twitter flagged Giroir’s tweet, slapping a ‘misleading’ tag on it, which prevented most Twitter users from seeing it. The ‘misleading’ label remains to this day.

Another Pfizer Conflict of Interest

Gottlieb’s move represented an obvious conflict of interest. It shielded Pfizer’s credibility and profit margin while coming from a man with vast connections in Washington DC who is also a former government employee: Gottlieb was formerly the FDA Commissioner. Twitter staff even referred to Gottlieb as such in their internal correspondence.

Moreover, Gottlieb’s action against Giroir was only the tip of the iceberg in his conspiracy to use Twitter to silence Pfizer’s critics.

No ordinary Pfizer board member, Gottlieb is one of seven members of the Pfizer board’s executive committee and the head of its regulatory and compliance committee, which oversees “compliance with laws, regulations, and internal procedures applicable to pharmaceutical sales and marketing activities.”

Pfizer has a long history of legal and ethical violations.

A ‘Titanic’ Fight Ahead

“I am not exaggerating when I say this suit may be our only realistic chance to find out what Pfizer and the Biden Administration knew about the problems with the mRNAs in 2021, and how they may have schemed to push mandates and boosters on the public,” Berenson wrote Saturday. He continued:

This fight is going to be titanic. Pfizer and the White House will have essentially unlimited funds to try to deny me and these questions a day in court. They will do whatever they can to prevent me from reaching the discovery stage of the suit and unearthing their secrets.

Berenson’s announcement came just hours after the CDC and FDA acknowledged a possible link between Pfizer’s bivalent shot and strokes, which the CDC will now investigate.

It also came days after FDA vaccine advisers expressed disappointment and anger that early data about another Covid-19 booster shot wasn’t presented for review in 2022.

Thank the Source

Biden Admin Fails to Comply with Classified Doc Probe

Biden Admin Fails to Comply with Classified Doc Probe


Biden Admin Fails to Comply with Classified Doc Probe

This is ‘Highest Standards of Transparency’ ?

BREITBART

The Biden administration has failed to comply with the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into President Joe Biden’s mishandling of top secret documents after promising the “highest standards of transparency” in United States history.

In a letter issued by the president on February 4, 2021, Biden vowed the highest standards of transparency would be “revitalized” and implemented within his administration.

“In a democracy, the public deserves as much transparency as possible regarding the work of our national security institutions, consistent with legitimate needs to protect sources and methods and sensitive foreign relationships,” Biden’s letter stated.

“The revitalization of our national security and foreign policy workforce requires a recommitment to the highest standards of transparency,” the president wrote.

President Joe Biden gestures as he speaks during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

AP Photo/Susan Walsh

But Biden has failed to live up to his promised standard.

On Wednesday, Rep. James Comer, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, requested the National Archives disclose “all documents and communications between or among the White House and the Department of Justice or NARA [National Archives and Records Administration] regarding the documents retrieved from President Biden’s personal office at the Penn Biden Center.”

The National Archives has apparently not complied. Comer told Fox News on Saturday the National Archives is stonewalling the Oversight Committee’s investigation.

“I have jurisdiction over the national archives. This agency is supposed to do a briefing anytime something like this happens. They have not,” Comer said. “Not only have they not given us a briefing, even though we’ve requested one, they have not answered any of our simple requests for information.”

Meanwhile, there appears to be a blame game brewing within the Biden administration about who is responsible for the mishandling of classified documents — some of which are top secret.

Continue reading…

Header featured image (edited) credit: Biden/AP Photo/Susan Walsh

Emphasis and pictorial content added by (TLB) editors

••••

••••

Stay tuned to …

••••

The Liberty Beacon Project is now expanding at a near exponential rate, and for this we are grateful and excited! But we must also be practical. For 7 years we have not asked for any donations, and have built this project with our own funds as we grew. We are now experiencing ever increasing growing pains due to the large number of websites and projects we represent. So we have just installed donation buttons on our websites and ask that you consider this when you visit them. Nothing is too small. We thank you for all your support and your considerations … (TLB)

••••

Comment Policy: As a privately owned web site, we reserve the right to remove comments that contain spam, advertising, vulgarity, threats of violence, racism, or personal/abusive attacks on other users. This also applies to trolling, the use of more than one alias, or just intentional mischief. Enforcement of this policy is at the discretion of this websites administrators. Repeat offenders may be blocked or permanently banned without prior warning.

••••

Disclaimer: TLB websites contain copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available to our readers under the provisions of “fair use” in an effort to advance a better understanding of political, health, economic and social issues. The material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving it for research and educational purposes. If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes other than “fair use” you must request permission from the copyright owner.

••••

Disclaimer: The information and opinions shared are for informational purposes only including, but not limited to, text, graphics, images and other material are not intended as medical advice or instruction. Nothing mentioned is intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Source

Attorney General Merrick Garland Assigns Special Counsel to Investigate Joe Biden for Possession of Classified Documents

Attorney General Merrick Garland Assigns Special Counsel to Investigate Joe Biden for Possession of Classified Documents

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced his decision Thursday to appoint a special counsel to investigate President Joe Biden after classified documents from his time as vice president in Barack Obama’s administration were found in his possession.

“I concluded that under the special counsel regulations, it was in the public interest to appoint a special counsel,” Garland said, noting that he made his decision on January 5th.

He announced that former U.S. attorney from Maryland Robert Hur, appointed by former president Donald Trump, to investigate Biden.

“Mr. Hurr has a long and distinguished career as a prosecutor,” Garland said, adding that “I will ensure that Mr. Hur receives all the resources he needs to conduct his work.”

The building that housed office space of President Joe Biden's former institute, the Penn Biden Center, is seen at the corner of Constitution and Louisiana Avenue NW, in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Potentially classified documents were found on Nov. 2, 2022, in a “locked closet” in the office, according to special counsel to the president Richard Sauber. The National Archives and Records Administration took custody of the documents the next day after being notified by the White House Counsel's office. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The building that housed office space of President Joe Biden’s former institute, the Penn Biden Center, is seen at the corner of Constitution and Louisiana Avenue NW, in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Potentially classified documents were found on Nov. 2, 2022, in a “locked closet” in the office, according to special counsel to the president Richard Sauber. The National Archives and Records Administration took custody of the documents the next day after being notified by the White House Counsel’s office. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The Attorney General laid out the timeline for the Justice Department’s handling of the investigation, revealing that the investigation was well underway before it was first reported on Tuesday.

Garland recounted that he was first notified of Biden’s possession of classified documents on the evening of November 4, which were found by his lawyer in his office at the Penn-Biden center.

“That office was not authorized for the storage of classified documents,” Garland said.

On November 9th, Garland revealed, the FBI began an investigation as to whether the classified information found in Biden’s possession had been illegally mishandled.

Garland also said that on November 14th, he assigned U.S. Attorney John Lausch to conduct an initial investigation of the president for the documents found in the Penn-Biden center.

He also revealed that Joe Biden’s attorney notified them on December 20th about the classified documents found in his garage, that were secured by the FBI.

President Joe Biden’s counsel Richard Sauber said in a statement that Biden’s possession of the classified documents was a “mistake” and the documents were “inadvertently misplaced.”

“We have cooperated closely with the Justice Department throughout its review and we will continue that cooperation with the Special Counsel,” he wrote.

Source

White House Pleads with Reporters to Avoid ‘Confrontation’ over Biden’s Possession of Classified Documents

White House Pleads with Reporters to Avoid ‘Confrontation’ over Biden’s Possession of Classified Documents

The White House on Wednesday tried to ward off contention with reporters about documents found in President Joe Biden’s private office from when he was vice president.

“Ed, we don’t need to have this. We work very well together. We don’t need to have this kind of confrontation,” White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said during the daily briefing on Wednesday when reporter Ed O’Keefe pressed her for details on the news.

Jean-Pierre had nothing new to share with the press on any further details of the classified documents found in the president’s old office.

The building that housed office space of President Joe Biden's former institute, the Penn Biden Center, is seen at the corner of Constitution and Louisiana Avenue NW, in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Potentially classified documents were found on Nov. 2, 2022, in a “locked closet” in the office, according to special counsel to the president Richard Sauber. The National Archives and Records Administration took custody of the documents the next day after being notified by the White House Counsel's office. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The building that housed office space of President Joe Biden’s former institute, the Penn Biden Center, is seen at the corner of Constitution and Louisiana Avenue NW, in Washington, Tuesday, January 10, 2023. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

“It is literally under review right now. As I am talking to you it is under review, so I am not going to get beyond the process. I am not going to get beyond what the president said,” she replied.

Biden said Tuesday he was “surprised” about the existence of classified documents in his private office for his University of Pennsylvania think tank in Washington, DC, and did not know what the documents were about.

“He has said he doesn’t know what is in them,” Jean-Pierre said. “So, there’s no way for me to talk about the documents if he has said he doesn’t know what’s in them.”

Jean-Pierre stonewalled several reporters who asked her when the White House found out about the documents, which were discovered just days before the 2022 midterm elections.

When asked how the American people could trust the president to properly handle the documents, Jean-Pierre replied, “Because his lawyers, his team did the right thing.”

Reporters also reminded Jean-Pierre of Biden’s promise of transparency when it came to his presidency, repeatedly asking why the White House did not reveal when the president found out about the documents and why the White House waited several weeks before revealing the truth about the incident.

Jean-Pierre argued that the White House had already been transparent.

“We released information that was very transparent,” she said, referring to a statement from White House lawyers about the incident.

“I know you all are going to have a lot of questions, I get that and I understand that, but I’m not going to go beyond the process,” she said.

Source

Joe Biden Claims He Was ‘Surprised’ by Discovery of ‘Boxes’ of Classified Documents in Old Private Office

Joe Biden Claims He Was ‘Surprised’ by Discovery of ‘Boxes’ of Classified Documents in Old Private Office

President Joe Biden said Tuesday he was surprised by the news that “boxes” of classified documents were discovered in an office he used after leaving the vice presidency, claiming ignorance of the existence of the materials.

“I was briefed about this discovery, and surprised to learn that there are any government records that were taken there to that office,” Biden said, reacting for the first time to the news during a press event in Mexico City on Tuesday.

The news broke Monday that classified documents were discovered in his old office by his lawyers and reported to the National Archives.

But Biden suggested that Americans should not doubt his respect for classified documents.

“People know I take classified documents, classified information seriously,” Biden said, detailing that the documents found were in a “locked” closet of his old office.

The Associated Press

President Joe Biden waves before boarding Air Force One at El Paso International Airport in El Paso, Texas, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, to travel to Mexico City, Mexico. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

He also insisted he did not know what was in the materials, even as CNN revealed Tuesday they included topics such as Ukraine, Iran, and the United Kingdom. Some of the discovered documents were labeled “top secret.”

“I don’t know what’s in the documents. My lawyers have not suggested I not ask what documents they were,” Biden said, speaking carefully from his notes, noting there were “boxes” of documents that were turned over to the archives.

The White House said that the documents were discovered on November 2nd by one of Biden’s lawyers, who found them in the president’s private office in downtown Washington, DC. The D.C. office is where Biden worked as part of his paid agreement with the University of Pennsylvania’s Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement after leaving his position as vice president under former President Barack Obama.

President Biden is cooperating with his Justice Department as Attorney General Merrick Garland has assigned an attorney to investigate the matter. At this point, Garland has not turned over the case to a special counsel as he did with the classified records investigation of former President Donald Trump.

“We’re cooperating fully with the review, which I hope will be finished soon,” Biden said.

The documents were discovered a week before the 2022 midterm elections but were only revealed in a report first detailed by CBS on Monday.

The building that housed office space of President Joe Biden's former institute, the Penn Biden Center, is seen at the corner of Constitution and Louisiana Avenue NW, in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Potentially classified documents were found on Nov. 2, 2022, in a “locked closet” in the office, according to special counsel to the president Richard Sauber. The National Archives and Records Administration took custody of the documents the next day after being notified by the White House Counsel's office. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The building that housed office space of President Joe Biden’s former institute, the Penn Biden Center, is seen at the corner of Constitution and Louisiana Avenue NW, in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. Potentially classified documents were found on Nov. 2, 2022, in a “locked closet” in the office, according to special counsel to the president Richard Sauber. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The incident immediately drew parallels to the Justice Department investigation of former President Donald Trump for having classified documents in his possession, prompting them to raid his home at Mar-a-Lago.

“When is the FBI going to raid the many houses of Joe Biden, perhaps even the White House?” Trump asked on social media. “These documents were definitely not declassified.”

A president has the legal authority to declassify documents but a vice president does not.

Trump accused Biden’s think tank of being funded by China, calling into question whether the president was giving them classified information.

“How much more information has China been given?” he asked on social media.

Source

error

Please help truthPeep spread the word :)