“We’re Here to Help”: The Justice Department Makes The Case . . . for a Congressional Investigation

Below is my column in the New York Post on the Wall Street Journal report that the Justice Department declined an offer to conduct the searches for the Biden classified documents after the discovery on Nov. 2. There is a new report this morning that Justice Department officials did go to the residence in Delaware to collect the documents. That in itself is not surprising since the transport of classified documents triggers its own security protocols. It generally required a certified courier or someone else with authority to transport such documents. The question is whether the officials were present for the search. There is no investigatory reason why such facts remain the subject of speculation and leaks. The Justice Department can simply state that the White House is not prevented from giving a full account of what transpired in each of these searches.

Here is the column:

Ronald Reagan once joked that “the most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.'” It appears, however, that this is no joke when it comes to the Biden investigation into unlawful possession of classified material.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that the Justice Department was given the opportunity to conduct the search for classified material in the Biden office and residences, but declined to do so. Instead, it allow uncleared and unnamed private counsel to search for classified material after the discovery of the highly classified documents in the Penn Biden Center office. It was a decision that could benefit Biden greatly, but at a considerable cost to the department itself.

If true, the decision raises additional questions over the independence of top law enforcement personnel. This follows a litany of controversies involving both Donald Trump and Biden where the FBI and DOJ have been accused of political bias and unequal treatment. While the FBI recently denounced critics as “conspiracy theorists,” the record of inexplicable decisions continues to grow by the day.

There is no plausible reason why, given the chance, the Justice Department would not want to conduct a national security search itself. After Nov. 2, the Justice Department was aware that material at the top secret or higher levels was discovered in a closet in the Penn Biden Center. It was also aware that the material may have been moved over the course of six years and that other material could be in other unsecured locations. Nevertheless, it reportedly opted to allow uncleared attorneys to search for additional classified material under a type of “look but please don’t read” edict.

As someone who has worked with classified evidence at the TS/SCI level since the Reagan administration, the decision is breathtaking. It effectively replaced well-established national security protocols with an honor system to be followed by persons unknown.

The decision undermines the credibility of the Justice Department in both the Biden and Trump investigations. The department is threatening criminal charges over the mishandling of classified material but opted for a grossly negligent approach itself in the search for additional classified documents. It just rolled the dice and lost. Additional documents were found by the uncleared lawyers. However, the Justice Department continued to defer to Biden’s counsel like a mere pedestrian at a potential crime scene.

At Mar-a-Lago, the FBI also allowed documents to be gathered and secured by staff as negotiations continued over their return. However, while many of us have criticized the possession of the documents, Trump was contesting the claim that the documents were classified and that he was not allowed to possess them.

The Trump case has grown more difficult not only due to the alleged conduct of Biden but now of the Justice Department itself. It is not clear that Trump ever offered to allow the FBI to conduct its own search of the entire residence. (According to Trump staff, the FBI was given access to documents in the storage room.) If so, it would have been equally negligent in refusing the opportunity. Ultimately, the FBI used a warrant to search the residence and seize not just classified material but a huge amount of documents found with the classified material. It also took pictures of what was found during the search.

By allowing the Biden lawyers to conduct the two months of searches, the DOJ minimized the threat to the president in a number of ways.

First, there were no photographs of the discoveries or where these documents were found. While the FBI was accused of staging a photo to embarrass Trump, it guaranteed that Biden would not face any photos at all.

Second, it guaranteed that there would be no independent official record of the discoveries. One of the key questions was whether classified markings or the obvious color-bordered folders were apparent at these locations in the closet, the garage, or the library. We now must rely on Biden’s own counsel to answer such questions of whether documents were removed from classification folders or mixed with other documents. Indeed, since these private lawyers were used, a claim could now be made that the lawyers might have moved documents — trudging back and forth over the documents and muddling up the “chain of custody.”

Finally, by signing off on potentially uncleared counsel to do the search, the Justice Department minimized Biden’s own conduct. If this was such a serious violation, the Justice Department did not appear particularly concerned or motivated to correct it. It allowed private counsel to set the parameters of their search and will rely on their account of what was found and where.

It is a particularly glaring anomaly after the Justice Department litigated its opposition to allow a court special master to review seized material from Trump. It argued that the use of this retired judge was an unspeakable deprivation of its authority, but it appears entirely comfortable with using unknown parties to seize material.

The news report indicates that one of the reasons for allowing Biden to use his own lawyers was to “preserve the ability to take a tougher line, including executing a future search warrant, if negotiations ever turned hostile.” That rationale is equally baffling. You usually want to take a “tougher line” to force a party to give you something like access to the material. However, the Justice Department was reportedly offered that access. It was turning down that access. It is akin to saying that I could have used my keys to enter the home but that would have meant that I could not later force the residents to open the door. If it conducted the search, it could record the search, seize the documents, and take any position it wanted after the fact.

None of this would help make the case against Biden or others on the unlawful possession and handling of classified material. However, it does strengthen the case for the House committee now being assembled to investigate the Justice Department and the FBI.

Jonathan Turley is an attorney and a professor at George Washington University Law School.

197 thoughts on ““We’re Here to Help”: The Justice Department Makes The Case . . . for a Congressional Investigation”

  1. Joseph Biden has done far worse things than former Ohio Democrat Congressman James Traficant. And yet, Biden was not expelled from Congress, not forced to resign as VP for corruption (like VP Spiro Agnew) or President nor charged for bribes, witness tampering, destroying evidence and more

    James Traficant was peanuts compared to Joe Biden

    https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/convicted-ex-congressman-james-traficant-dies-73

    The Democrat’s expulsion from Congress in 2002 came three months after a federal jury in Cleveland convicted him. Prosecutors said he used his office to extract bribes from businesspeople and coerced staffers to work on his farm and his house boat on the Potomac River in Washington. He also was charged with witness tampering, destroying evidence and filing false tax returns. He spent seven years in prison.

  2. “Instead, it allow uncleared and unnamed private counsel to search for classified material after the discovery of the highly classified documents in the Penn Biden Center office. It was a decision that could benefit Biden greatly, but at a considerable cost to the department itself.”
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    Come on, JT. You know that ol’ Bogey film, The Treasure of Sierre Madre! It answers all you questions about wny nonvetted lawyers get to look for the nuclear codes in Biden’s outhouse at the DOJ’s largesse:

  3. Once upon a time in America some 150 years ago it was believed that well-trained lawyers who practiced with non-partisan views were not likely to be corrupted, and that having an independent or non-partisan Attorney General at the head of the lawyers made it problematic for executive officers to circumvent the law and get away with it.

    That belief found reality in 1870 with the creation of the Department of Justice. “Honesty and integrity” and “independence and impartiality” are still the professed values of the DOJ today, however, having grown to over 118,000 positions with a yearly budget in excess of $30 billion and a multi-layered bureaucracy that often disjoins the Department, covers incompetence, and obscures truth, those values have become not as trustworthy as they once may have been.

    1. “Once upon a time in America some 150 years ago…’

      – Ron A. Hoffman
      ______________

      Once upon a time in America some 150 years ago, Comrade General Secretary “Crazy Abe” Lincoln, as “the earnest of the epoch” leading America to toward the RECONSTRUCTION of a social world” per Karl Marx, illicitly seized power, nullified the Constitution, imposed his unconstitutional “Reign of Terror” and commenced the incremental implementation of the the principles of the Communist Manifesto in America.

      The Supreme Court recently acted retroactively by 50 years to correct the constitutional status of abortion.

      The Supreme Court must act retroactively by 150 years to correct all the unconstitutional aberrations foisted on America by Lincoln and his communist successors by brute military force.
      ___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

      “…THE RECONSTRUCTION OF A SOCIAL WORLD.”

      – KARL MARX TO ABRAHAM LINCOLN
      ________________________________

      “These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.”

      – Abraham Lincoln, from his first speech as an Illinois state legislator, 1837
      __________________________________________________________

      “Everyone now is more or less a Socialist.”

      – Charles Dana, managing editor of the New York Tribune, and Lincoln’s assistant secretary of war, 1848
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      “The goal of Socialism is Communism.”

      – Vladimir Ilyich Lenin
      __________________

      “The workingmen of Europe feel sure that, as the American War of Independence initiated a new era of ascendancy for the middle class, so the American Antislavery War will do for the working classes. They consider it an earnest of the epoch to come that it fell to the lot of Abraham Lincoln, the single-minded son of the working class, to lead his country through the matchless struggle for the rescue of an enchained race and the reconstruction of a social world.”

      – Karl Marx and the First International Workingmen’s Association to Lincoln, 1864
      ___________________________________________________________________

      “ON DECEMBER 3, 1861, a former one-term congressman, who had spent most of the past dozen years studying dissident economic theories, mounting challenges to the existing political order and proposing ever more radical responses to the American crisis, delivered his first State of the Union address as the sixteenth president of the United States.

      “Long before 1848, German radicals had begun to arrive in Illinois, where they quickly entered into the legal and political circles in which Lincoln traveled. One of them, Gustav Korner, was a student revolutionary at the University of Munich who had been imprisoned by German authorities in the early 1830s for organizing illegal demonstrations. After his release, Korner returned to his hometown of Frankfurt am Main where, according to historian Raymond Lohne, “he was one of about fifty conspirators involved in an attack upon the two main city guardhouses and the arsenal at the police facility and jail. This admixture of students and soldiers had planned to seize cannon, muskets, and ammunition; free political prisoners accused of breaking press-censorship laws, and begin ringing the great Sturmglocke (storm bell) of the Dom, the signal for the people to come in from the countryside. At that point, the democratic revolution would be announced…. Unfortunately, they were walking into a trap…. Betrayed by both a spy in their midst, and the reluctance of the common people to rise, nine students were killed, twenty-four were seriously wounded, and by August 3, 1833, Gustav Körner found himself riding into downtown Belleville, Illinois.”
      “Within a decade, Korner would pass the Illinois bar, win election to the legislature and be appointed to the state Supreme Court. Korner and Lincoln formed an alliance that would become so close that the student revolutionary from Frankfurt would eventually be one of seven personal delegates-at-large named by Lincoln to serve at the critical Republican State Convention in May 1860, which propelled the Springfield lawyer into that year’s presidential race. Through Korner, Lincoln met and befriended many of the German radicals who, after the failure of the 1848 revolution, fled to Illinois and neighboring Wisconsin. Along with Korner on Lincoln’s list of personal delegates-at-large to the 1860 convention was Friedrich Karl Franz Hecker, a lawyer from Mannheim who had served as a liberal legislator in the lower chamber of the Baden State Assembly before leading an April 1848 uprising in the region—an uprising cheered on by the newspaper Marx briefly edited during that turbulent period, Neue Rheinische Zeitung—Organ der Demokratie.

      “Even as they agreed on homesteading, Greeley and Lincoln wrangled over the timing and scope of an emancipation proclamation. The editor joined Frederick Douglass in demanding that the president take steps to make the Civil War not merely a struggle to preserve the Union, but “an Abolition war.” Even as Greeley and Lincoln exchanged sometimes pointed letters, the Tribune’s longtime managing editor Charles Dana was now working for Lincoln. Officially assigned to the War Department — where he would eventually serve as assistant secretary — Dana’s real role was as an aide and adviser to the president on questions of what the former newspaperman described as the “judicious, humane, and wise uses of executive authority.” That Lincoln spent much of his presidency reading dispatches from and welcoming the counsel of Marx’s longtime editor—like the fact that he awarded military commissions to the numerous comrades of the author of The Communist Manifesto who had come to the United States as political refugees following the failed European revolutions of 1848—is a shard of history rarely seen in the hagiographic accounts that produce a sanitized version of the sixteenth president’s story. In the years following Lincoln’s death, his law partner and political comrade, William Herndon, complained that Lincoln’s official biographers were already attempting “to make the story with the classes as against the masses,” an approach that he suggested “will result in delineating the real Lincoln about as well as does a wax figure in the museum.”

      – ISR International Socialist Review

  4. Was there a DOJ policy change that permitted potential suspects in a crime to be the first to investigate and gather evidence as long as they were the first to report a potential crime had been committed? It would look something like this:

    Biden Attorney: Hi, FBI? Yeah, I’m at the Penn-Biden Office and me and my crew just discovered a batch of classified documents marked Top Secret/SCI. What should we do?

    FBI: First of all, thank you for contacting us. Just go ahead and finish searching the office for any and all documents that you believe would be important to turn over to us. When you are finished, give us a call and we’ll come pick them up.

    Biden Attorney: Roger that. Oh, I almost forgot. We believe there are other classified documents at other Biden properties. We can search all those locations and report what we find to you. Is that ok?

    FBI: Of course. We appreciate your service to this country. Let us know if we can be of any further assistance.

  5. I’m curious how Mr Turley is going to respond to all the prosecutions for murder on the covid vaxx, when they occur.

  6. Why are so Conservatives so angry? James Comey almost certainly gave the White House to Trump in the 2016 by violating both DOJ and FBI policy. Comey was forbidden to launch a public investigation with weak evidence unless it resulted in an indictment.

    Hillary Clinton won 3 million more votes than Trump, then Comey put his thumb on the scale, swinging the election to Trump.

    Democrats should be calling foul, but why are some Conservatives wining? You guys gamed the system and won! Hillary would have almost certainly beat Trump without James Comey violating agency policy.

    Democrats were unfairly defeated and Trump appointed judges for life, gaming the court system as well.

    1. IF COMEY HAD INDICTED HILLARY, COMEY WOULD HAVE CONVICTED OBAMA

      THE FRAMERS REQUIRED A “NATURAL BORN CITIZEN” AS PRESIDENT TO PRECLUDE FOREIGN ALLEGIANCES SUCH AS OBAMA’S.

      OBAMA WILL NEVER BE ELIGIBLE FOR THE U.S. PRESIDENCY AND WAS FRAUDULENTLY AND ILLICITLY ENSCONCED BY THE DEEP DEEP STATE.

      OBAMA, HILLARY AND BIDEN MUST HAVE BEEN CRIMINALLY PROSECUTED BY LAW.
      _________________________________________________________________________

      Obama et al. are complicit in the gross mishandling of classified material by Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

      Obama used a pseudonymous e-mail account to conspire with Hillary.

      https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/09/obama-email-alias-clinton-why-fbi-didnt-prosecute-hillary/
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      “Obama’s Conflict Tanked the Clinton E-mail Investigation — As Predicted”

      By Andrew C. McCarthy

      September 26, 2016 8:00 AM
      Hillary couldn’t be proven guilty without proving the president guilty as well.

      ‘How is this not classified?”

      So exclaimed Hillary Clinton’s close aide and confidante, Huma Abedin. The FBI had just shown her an old e-mail exchange, over Clinton’s private account, between the then-secretary of state and a second person, whose name Abedin did not recognize. The FBI then did what the FBI is never supposed to do: The agents informed their interviewee (Abedin) of the identity of the second person. It was the president of the United States, Barack Obama, using a pseudonym to conduct communications over a non-secure e-mail system — something anyone with a high-level security clearance, such as Huma Abedin, would instantly realize was a major breach.

      Abedin was sufficiently stunned that, for just a moment, the bottomless capacity of Clinton insiders to keep cool in a scandal was overcome. “How is this not classified?”

      She recovered quickly enough, though. The FBI records that the next thing Abedin did, after “express[ing] her amazement at the president’s use of a pseudonym,” was to “ask if she could have a copy of the email.”

      Abedin knew an insurance policy when she saw one. If Obama himself had been e-mailing over a non-government, non-secure system, then everyone else who had been doing it had a get-out-of-jail-free card.

    2. Just for the record, in case anyone is reading this comment, Hilary Clinton gathered more votes nationally however those millions of votes, though it may sound like a lot, are votes from Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan boroughs of New York City, and toss in Los Angeles and San Francisco for extra good measure. Does anyone living outside of New York City or LA and San Fran want those towns electing our President —- let’s have a look at them collectively — NYC is a crime scene with major homeless problems; Los angeles and San Fran are the same, where brazen theft from downtown stores and jewelry stores happened so often that many of the stores shut down and left town — and I was not raised a Republican; I was raised a Democrat — a JFK Democrat, not this current brand of Dem. Well, that’s enough for now.

      1. Just for the record, and for those of you in Rio Linda,

        THERE IS NO NATIONAL ELECTION IN AMERICA.

        Gathering votes nationally is a “red herring,” does not bear, has absolutely no relevance and constitutes a deceptive and fraudulent statement.

        National votes are theoretically useful to dictators in dictatorships.

        There are 50 State elections in the United States of America.

        1. Thank you for emphasizing this. Maybe if we called ourselves “The 50 United States” the abolish-the-electoral-college crowd would remember that.

  7. If the DOJ were deliberately showcasing their raw power so openly and uncaringly to the world at large with the challenge: “And what are you going to do about it?” for the purpose of intimidation, what would they be doing differently?

  8. In the early 2000’s the DOJ created “Multi-Agency Task Forces” and even embedded members of private press organizations.

    Apparently, by including members of every agency and the press, it essentially dirtied everyone’s hands – everyone was complicit in war crimes – effectively removing all substantial checks & balances.

    Guessing that’s why over 200 FBI agents walked away in protest during the Bush era war crimes. They realized they were unintentionally – but by design – acting as “accessories after the fact” to war crimes.

    So why won’t the DOJ embrace what it did back then, create “Multi-Agency Task Forces” to search for documents? Why is one agency now excluding other agencies?

  9. The seeming favorability shown toward Biden pales in comparison with the inexplicable and still shocking favortism shown by James Comey and the DOJ to Hillary Clinton and her lawyers when “investigating” the private email server. https://www.fairfieldsuntimes.com/news/investigative_reports/unpacking-the-apparent-trump-hillary-double-standard-for-her-the-fbi-helped-obstruct-its-own/article_3bef319f-cf41-5ffd-b412-50e8ae7384cb.html

  10. Dear Prof Turley,

    I would have never figured you’ve been handling TS/SCI materials since Reagan! I did figure you were the only sane attorney, on either side, during Trump’s 1st. impeachment. .. but, frankly, the bar wasn’t that high.

    By ‘Justice Department’ I assume you mean Merick Garland or Joe Biden? Either way, res ipsa loquitur.

    *The ‘classification system’ is broken. Beyond repair. Abolish and reform it. All of it. .. sooner rather than later.

  11. Really. I do NOT know what it will take for dyed in the wool liberals to see what is happening. We have a wealth disparity in this country that has nothing to do whatsoever with race at this point. I have mentioned before that my brother is one that gets his ‘news’ exclusively, no exceptions, from NPR. Our stupidity, and the likes of his ignorance, is once again going to be our downfall, and here in the 21st century, our American democrats are the heirs of the people that met the guillotine during the French Revolution. This has passed the point of absurdity in the USA; it is officially dangerous. If you care one tiny bit about this: STOP VOTING FOR DEMOCRATS. That does not automatically mean ‘ Republican’. Get out of your tiny, mushroom headed, polarized, social media brain for five seconds.

    Just for Pete’s sake, stop putting these people in power because you are a generational coward unable to assess the present moment as it compares to the past. And you better sure as heck not come to my county and try to turn it into the place you left because you are an ignorant person that hasn’t paid attention from around 1963 – 1992 and still think you are voting for sanity by voting dem. Your JFK party is dead, buried, and just GONE, and the struggles that you are fed like good little hamsters, in reality, have largely been resolved. Grow up. The rest of us, that actually keep this country functioning would be so grateful, and if you don’t, eventually we will show you.

  12. We can squawk all we want. By allowing Biden’s lawyers to see the documents first, all will scrubbed as well as possible. Fact that they were not cleared to even see the contents? Nothing to see here, move along. Fact that he stole classified documents since VPs have no authority to possess them? No problem – he’s a Democrat.

  13. This is the very same DOJ that violated Ronald Reagan’s Torture Treaty and then chose not to protect innocent torture victims.
    According to the ACLU, over 200 FBI agents walked away in protest over the abuses of power under the Bush era torture program.

    If you compare “terrorism-authorities” versus “terrorism-convictions” the DOJ then had a 99% failure rate, blacklisting and punishing the wrong people. There are today over 1 million persons blacklisted using terrorism-authorities. If those lists are legitimate that would net at least 700,000 terrorism-convictions.

    DOJ should clean up those messes first. DOJ gave legal cover to the CIA and DOD. DOJ needs to issue official individualized apologies and financial compensation to the DOJ’s torture and blacklisting victims.

    Except for the excellent “Civil Rights Division” (mission actually loyal to their Oath of Office), why would anyone have any faith in DOJ until they own up to what they did?

  14. Why should we be surprised. They let Hillary provide the inspection of her private server by a firm of her own choosing. Did Crowdstrike employees have security clearances. Me smells the distinct aroma of a vixen in the henhouse. Did Joe’s lawyers wipe those boxes clean like with a cloth? They just do it because never having been held accountable for their deeds why not do the same thing again. But for a leak to CBS we might have never known the truth. The plan was a coverup from the beginning but their dastardly deeds were found out. Next step, bring in the damage control team. Same old band different ballroom. Hello suckers.

  15. Why is the White House Counsel mucking about looking for documents from 2 administration ago? The Biden White house if far outside its jurisdiction for involving itself. This question needs to be answered by Garland. Garland is a terrible administrator and a wild eyed political operative. He needs to lay out the law and explain why he is allowing the White House to be involved.

  16. I have posted before – has there ever been a more corrupt president than Biden? I struggle to remember. Olly North, Bill Clinton – we have achieved a new low, and every member of the mainstream media should probably commit seppuku out of shame. This is so beyond the pale, I don’t even know what to say anymore, and I am an independent, I have voted for plenty of dems in the past.

    I have posted previously about our household’s increased expenses since 2001; well, thanks to still more blue policies, our home owner’s insurance just went up $200 a month due to increased crime/supply shortages, though largely crime, all 100% due to the covid bullsh**, and that brings our total cost of living expenses since 2021 (and yes, the Dems have been *completely* in charge since then, every branch of our government but for the Supreme Court) to $10,000/year. Where is a person that works at the gas station or McDonald’s but pays their bills on time just fine going to find an extra $10,000 per year? It is tough for us as professionals, for everyone else, I just can’t imagine. Party of the working class my a**. There is not one single iota of a thing that is any longer redeemable about the American democratic party. We have regressed; 40 years ago it was countries that were freedom vs. communism, i.e. the West against the soviet Union; and today we have this division within our *societies*. I do not know how we fix it.

    My wife and I are putting our house in our blue state on the market next month. We are moving to what we hope is aleast a purple place. Blue states are done, and they will likely all fail in short time. Detroit was a gentle preview compared to what is coming.

    If you come to my non-blue state from a blue stronghold and insist on repeating your past behavior, at this point, prepare for pushback the likes of which you have never seen. The rest of us are DONE. Wake the eff up.

    There is no denying it anymore; the dems/globalist are now a communist party/movement, a monarchistic regime, even, and we will all suffer if they maintain their power and influence. WAKE UP.

    If WWIII doesn’t result from this, we will be lucky, and we have a whole lot more nukes now than we did in the 1940s. And it is 200% the fault of modern ‘liberals’.

    1. James: are you kidding me? Trump, who earned a reputation as a liar and cheater all of his life, cheated to get into the White House with the help of Russian hackers, where he promptly trashed the successful economy created by Obama, got impeached twice: the first time for trying to leverage aid to Ukraine in exchange for ginning up lies about Biden, and the second time for formenting an insurrection because his massive ego can’t stand to lose. He constantly lied about the seriousness of COVID because he thought it made him look bad, so more Americans died unnecessarily because they wouldn’t follow public health guidelines, he made up a claim that Hydroxychloroquine could cure COVID, causing more deaths and suffering for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus victims due to a shortage of the drug. He started a trade war with China that drove up the cost of consumer goods and especially computer chips, alienated our EU and NATO allies, and the only legislation he got passed was a generous tax cut for the wealthiest corporations and individuals, which drove our national debt to record levels. And, he “negotiated” a withdrawal from Afghanistan that turned loose 5,000 Taliban, who rapidly took over, only retained 2,500 of the 14,000 troops we had stationed there, and failed to bargain for either a land or air base when we had the leverage to do this–all very stupid moves that resulted in the messy withdrawal that Republicans are trying to pin on Biden. And, yet, you think that the increase in the cost of living is the fault of Democrats, who are “communists”? Hope you like Texas, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi or Louisiana.

      1. You do know the Russian hackers hoax has been debunked on more than a few occasions. Only true, devout, Blue Anon followers continue to follow that hoax to this day.
        Up until COVID, Trump’s economy was in fact strong as hell. My 401k did very well up till the COVID lockdowns, pushed by the WHO, the CDC and Fauci, not Trump.
        Looking at the various peer-reviewed studies, the jab is more dangerous than COVID. I am hoping my wife does not die like one of those NFL or football players on the field of some kind of heart inflation.
        Biden’s 1st round of sanctions against China’s chip industry was more damaging than anything Trump did in 4 years. That is a fact.
        Biden was in charge of the hot mess of a withdrawal from Afghanistan. He could of changed anything at any time, like he canceled the XL Pipeline on day one of his admin.
        And yes, Bidenflation is the result of the Biden admin, and Democrats.

    2. James,
      You are correct.
      Looking at the recent job numbers, they look good and the WH spins it to try to take credit.
      However, when you drill down into the Labor Participation Rate, more people have dropped out looking for a job and just take unemployment. It pays more.
      Then there is the Household survey. IIRC, of the newly created full time jobs: 1,000. Part time jobs: 600,000+. More and more people have to take a second job to make ends meet in Bidenflation.
      The PPI went down, but the Core PPI actually went up.
      Big Tech is laying off in significant numbers. Facebook some 11,000, Amazon 18,000, Microsoft 10,000 jobs.
      Bidenflation is expected to wipe out any wage gains through 2025. That means whatever gains the average American make in wages will not meet inflation and they will fall further and further behind.
      Note, now 63% of Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. 47% of Americans making $100,000+ are living paycheck to paycheck. That would be your middle class.
      There has been a recent trend of mostly Red states to lower or even get rid of income tax. They know by keeping money in the taxpayers pocket, leads to greater economic security, and a better economy. Again, the post COVID economic recovery that the Biden admin tries to take credit for, was lead by Red states re-opening their economies. Blue states like NY and CA were dead last in economic recovery as they cling to their draconian COVID policies.
      More than a few people have noted the people running away from Blue states to Red states for better economic opportunities, lower cost of living, lower taxes. As you say, dont bring your Califorinication to (insert Red state/city here).
      Fly the Stars and Stripes. The Blue Lives Matter. Heck, I dont like him but I would fly a Trump flag if it made wokeists feel uncomfortable and leave my area. I have read about Democrats in TX leaving over pro-2ndA laws.
      Please Dems, flock to your high crime, no cash bail, Soros backed soft on crime DAs. Tell us how you feel when a recently no cash bail career criminal mugs you.

  17. IF COMEY HAD INDICTED HILLARY, COMEY WOULD HAVE CONVICTED OBAMA

    Obama et al. are complicit in the gross mishandling of classified material by Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton.

    Obama used a pseudonymous e-mail account to conspire with Hillary.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2016/09/obama-email-alias-clinton-why-fbi-didnt-prosecute-hillary/
    _______________________________________________________

    “Obama’s Conflict Tanked the Clinton E-mail Investigation — As Predicted”

    By Andrew C. McCarthy

    September 26, 2016 8:00 AM
    Hillary couldn’t be proven guilty without proving the president guilty as well.

    ‘How is this not classified?”

    So exclaimed Hillary Clinton’s close aide and confidante, Huma Abedin. The FBI had just shown her an old e-mail exchange, over Clinton’s private account, between the then-secretary of state and a second person, whose name Abedin did not recognize. The FBI then did what the FBI is never supposed to do: The agents informed their interviewee (Abedin) of the identity of the second person. It was the president of the United States, Barack Obama, using a pseudonym to conduct communications over a non-secure e-mail system — something anyone with a high-level security clearance, such as Huma Abedin, would instantly realize was a major breach.

    Abedin was sufficiently stunned that, for just a moment, the bottomless capacity of Clinton insiders to keep cool in a scandal was overcome. “How is this not classified?”

    She recovered quickly enough, though. The FBI records that the next thing Abedin did, after “express[ing] her amazement at the president’s use of a pseudonym,” was to “ask if she could have a copy of the email.”

    Abedin knew an insurance policy when she saw one. If Obama himself had been e-mailing over a non-government, non-secure system, then everyone else who had been doing it had a get-out-of-jail-free card.

  18. Every TS/SCI document has an attached triplicate form showing the identification number of the document, the originating office, the name of the person making the transfer and the recipient. Other details, such as date, place, etc. are recorded on the form. The form also says that it is “unclasified” when removed from the document it is attached to. When do we get to see these documents, assuming they were still attached to the documents either at Biden and/or Trump’s residences and offices? If they still exist, they alone would tell a big part of the story. Also, why has no security office sought their return since the transmission forms would show they are still out? Time to start the Bar-B and begin grilling some beaurcrats!

      1. Library book thieves don’t check out books at the front desk, they stash them in their tote bags or briefcases. And people who steal classified materials don’t sign them out, they put them in their briefcases (or like Sandy Burger, stuff them down your pants), and quietly slip out the door with them (leaving no paper trail of removal). And the act of surreptitiously removing them is proof of criminal intent and possibly an act of espionage and treason.
        The fact that nobody knew these documents were gone is the most serious part of the entire affair and one that very few have focused attention on.

        1. The government actually loses track of a large number of classified documents all the time.

          This is also far more common towards the top of government where substantially more of what is being dealt with is classified.
          Almost everything the president does or says is “born classified”. Mush of what the Sec Def or Sec State do is born classified.

          The good news is that we classify and over classifiy WAY too much and the greatest danger regarding Classified documents is those that reveal methods – only those no one knows about, and sources.

          The entire world knows that the US has incredible spy satellites. A TS/SCI classified paper with intelligence derived from spy satellites being printed in the NYT would probably be ho hum. A leak that revealed potentially identifying information on a source in Putin’s inner circle could gets someone killed and deny us important information. A great deal of effort is made to purge identifying information from documents – particularly as they go up the chain. But quite often the information can not help but identify the source.
          At the same time the US just does not rely that heavily on human sources.

          Further most classified information That Biden would be dealing with as VP would be about US policies under Obama, and our understanding of the intentions of the leaders in China, Iran, Ukraine, Russia. Most of this is really not all that harmful and even when it is only at the moment.
          Revealing a US negotiating position under Obama could be fatal to us negotiations under Obama. It would be meaningless the moment Trump took office.

          Conversly documents on the technical details of a US anti-aircraft missile could be incredibly dangerous if leaked. But highly unlikely to be in the WH or in any cabinet level position at all.

          The odds are excellent that you could publish every single Trump and Biden document in the Washington Post and the country and the world would wonder “Why was this classified at all, much less TS/SCI ?”

          One simple example is that the presidents schedule is highly classifed. We do not want potential assassins or foreign enemies to know where the president will be when. But the moment the schedule is about the past not the future – it is no longer a big secret. But it is still a classified document.

          If Biden has documents laying out the US negotiating position on some issues regarding China, Iran, Ukraine in 2015, these would have been highly classified them. They are still highly classified now. But they are not the slightest danger to the US.

  19. You are asking far too much from the obfuscating prog/left cabal in charge of 2/3’s of our government at this time. Why would they consider transparency when their stock in trade is deception, deflection and disinformation?

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