Did anyone think it would turn out differently? It didn’t exactly take a psychic to predict that neither President Biden nor anyone on his team would be charged by this “Justice” Department after classified documents from Biden’s time as Vice President, and even as a U.S. senator, were discovered in the personal library of his home in Wilmington, his garage, his beach house, his non-secure office in DC at the Penn Biden Center (funded by China), a warehouse in Chinatown and his Boston attorney’s office. Special Counsel Robert Hur says he’ll be “critical” in the final report he writes, but that’s all that comes of this. Another bleeping report.
With this timing, the decision to close the case with no charges filed could not be more stark in its comparison with Trump’s Mar-A-Lago “classified” documents case. (We put quotation marks around the word “classified” in his case because Trump claims to have declassified those materials under his authority as President. Biden had no such authority as Vice President or Senator; documents from that time marked as classified remain classified to this day.)
The treatment of the two Presidents was vastly different from the start, with Trump being subjected to the shocking, unprecedented armed FBI raid of his home. Compare the figurative slap in the face Trump got with Biden’s kid-glove treatment, as his attorneys were allowed to shuffle through papers at their leisure, all by themselves. (Recall that Hillary had gotten the kid gloves, too, during the “investigation” --- have to trot out the quotation marks again --- of her possession of tens of thousands of subpoenaed documents, over a hundred of them classified, on a non-secure personal server and her blatant obstruction of justice in having them deleted and/or physically destroyed.)
Remember what then-FBI Director James Comey said during his infamous announcement on July 5, 2016 that saved Hillary’s presidential candidacy: “Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case.”
The Trump and Biden cases do have some differences, and in some ways the Biden case looks much more serious. To be in possession of classified documents from before he was President, Biden had to have essentially smuggled them out. Another unique aspect of the Biden case: son Hunter Biden, who had business with foreign entities including some controlled by the Chinese Communist Party and other adversaries of the U.S., was living at Joe Biden’s house while classified material was kept there. While Trump’s documents at Mar-A-Lago were behind a secure, locked door on a property guarded by both Secret Service and private security, Biden’s documents were lying around the garage where Hunter would go to take Joe’s ‘vette for a spin. If Hunter didn’t crib from classified State Department analyses for his communications with business associates, maybe he just used them for rolling papers.
Kidding aside, we don’t know that he did. The point is, he COULD have.
NO case will be brought against the “Big Guy” by this DOJ, as run by Attorney General Merrick Garland and his Obama-holdover deputy Lisa Monaco. In sweeping banana-republic style, it has diverted essentially all its resources to the persecution of former President and current presidential candidate Donald Trump, and his supporters as well. Thanks to whistleblowers at the IRS and FBI, we know some officials there are even trying to purge Trump supporters from its own ranks.
As we commented yesterday, this “Justice” Department is not doing its job, and so that job has fallen to the GOP-led House Committees and the Republicans on Senate Committees. It sure is a good thing Congress has the constitutional responsibility of oversight, because the Executive Branch is out of control and needs oversight like never before.
In fact, just a few days ago, on November 13, the House Oversight Committee subpoenaed former White House Counsel Dana Remus to appear for a deposition concerning the way Biden aides handled the classified documents. Recall that one of those aides was Kathy Chung, who now works in the Defense Department as an aide to Lloyd Austin but who previously was then-VP Biden’s aide, recommended to the VP by son Hunter. Here’s something very interesting that investigative reporter Paul Sperry turned up on her in June of this year. His piece is a must-read. By default, it’s going to fall to Congress to look further into any national security implications...
As Sperry reports, Chung worked at the Commerce Department during the Clinton administration --- Hunter knew her even back then --- and was a witness in the investigation of China-born banker and Clinton donor John Huang and was suspected of covering up for him. Huang was suspected of trading government secrets and access to China. In 1999, he pleaded guilty to a felony violation of campaign finance laws for arranging illegal foreign donations to Bill Clinton and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in exchange for one year of probation, when he could have received five years in prison. If you don’t recall Clinton’s “Chinagate” scandal, Sperry’s piece offers a refresher.
“While Donald Trump and Mike Pence are also under investigation for removing classified documents from the White House and storing them at their private residences,” Sperry wrote, “GOP congressional investigators say comparisons to Trump and Pence miss the point. In interviews with [RealClear Investigations], they insisted that Biden’s document scandal is potentially more serious than just mishandling state secrets. They suspect it could mushroom into a counterespionage case involving China and national security, though the White House dismisses such speculation as ‘baseless.’”
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL had the story of the Biden case being closed without charges on Thursday afternoon before an official announcement was made. “Hur is expected to prepare a report with harsh criticism of how Biden and his aides handled classified documents,” James Lynch at the DAILY CALLER reported, “but his investigation is not expected to result in criminal charges.” Hur’s team says it hopes to have that report finished by the end of this year. They interviewed about 100 people, including Hunter Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, former White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain and National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan.
Here’s Sean Hannity’s commentary from Thursday night.
Guests Alan Dershowitz and Gregg Jarrett weigh in as well in this must-watch segment. As they see it, the differences in the treatment of these two Presidents by our “justice” system --- here come those quotation marks again --- are about clear as it gets, in an administration that’s relentlessly out to get Trump. Dershowitz is at his most outspoken yet.