On Thursday, George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley told FOX News host Jesse Watters that the facts don’t support the White House’s claim that the missing classified documents found in President Biden’s posession at multiple locations were “inadvertently misplaced.”
“They were not just distributed to different points, they were also divided,” Turley said. “You’ve got one document that was found in the library, others in the garage. So the question is why were these documents sent and used in different places? It suggests that they were, you know, knowingly divided.”
“The White House press secretary said this was inadvertently misplaced it. Well, it had to be repeatedly inadvertently misplaced. And that becomes more difficult the more times you inadvertently misplace something. So I think that that’s going to be a major focus as whether there is some criminal element to this,” Turley added.
Earlier that day, Richard Sauber, special counsel to Biden, released a statement saying the president “takes classified information and materials seriously,” but that the classified documents had been “inadvertently misplaced.”
“As the President has said, he takes classified information and materials seriously,” Sauber began.
He added, “We are confident that a thorough review will show that these documents were inadvertently misplaced, and the President and his lawyers acted promptly upon discovery of this mistake.”
As explained by Fox News, “Biden’s lawyers found the first set of documents in a locked closet in the offices of the Biden Penn Center in Washington on Nov. 2, just before the midterm elections, but publicly revealed that development only on Monday.”
Biden’s lawyers conducted a search of other locations Biden may have placed additional classified documents, and discovered a “small number” of classified documents in a storage space in Biden’s garage in Wilmington, and another classified document in Biden’s personal library.