Thank you for this. It's not all "facts", but it is well delivered.
It's your opinion that it's merely an administrative violation. Let's see where the facts actually go before we draw conclusions on that.
As for the gross incompetence, I am not referring to the taking of the documents, but rather to the poop-show of the discovery of them. Apparently the first documents were discovered on November 2, 2022. Now I am not the White House Chief of Staff, or even a high priced DC lawyer or consultant, but it might have occurred to me that a search of other locations might need to be conducted, so in the vernacular they can "get their arms around" the extent of the issue. When would I have done this search? The next day or so at the very least. If I was in charge of the Presidential Archives, I may even have asked the question on November 4 when they supposedly turned them over, "Is this all there is?". Those questions apparently were never asked. After the discovery of the second batch, they still didn't get out of first gear, to the extent the Justice Department found more yesterday when they finally got on the scene. Now that's two and a half months later. If that isn't gross incompetence, then what else do you call it?
I've addressed this earlier in the thread as well. Once Garland appointed Lausch and opened an investigation, which he did within 2 days, the White House should not have commented at all. Those are the rules for dealing with active investigations. Only the DoJ should be commenting, and they won't as per their policy.
However once it leaks and the media knows, then there is intense pressure to comment, with people claiming cover-up and conspiracy. It's basically a rock and a hard place. You get killed in the press, and by the opposition, if you don't comment.
So the White House yielded and commented, and it immediately bit them in the ass, as any attorney could have told them. But that's politics in the 24/7 news cycle. They weigh the two evils and choose the lesser one.
Once the first document was found, it was inevitable that there would be a full search. The DoJ was initially patient, but with each discovery making a new splash in the news, Lausch needed to stem the bleeding and do a full search with the FBI. Which was the right thing to do, as the slow trickle was making the DoJ look bad as well.
Again if the whole thing was kept under wraps until the search & investigation were complete, that's the better outcome for everyone. But today, that is nearly impossible, even for the Supreme Court.
As things stand now, we have about 25 documents from 6 years ago or longer, of which at least a few are top secret. So now the investigation has to complete, which will take some time. But I highly doubt there will be any intent found, as the cooperation has been complete.
What I do expect, is recommendations to improve the document handling system, which I'm sure Biden and the security agencies will fully pursue.
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