NY Times: Biden’s Bid To Cover-Up Documents Scandal ‘Backfired’

US President Joe Biden gestures while greeting Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (out of frame), at the National Palace in Mexico City, on January 10, 2023, during the 10th North American Leaders Summit. - The three leaders are meeting for a regional summit, with migration, trade and climate change at the top of the agenda. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • The New York Times detailed Friday how White House officials thought they would manage to cover up the ongoing scandal of President Joe Biden’s classified documents.
  • The discovery of the documents did not become public knowledge until Jan. 9 – 68 days after the first batch of classified files was found. On Jan. 12, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Robert Hur as a special counsel to investigate the case
  • “The decision … to keep the discovery of classified documents secret from the public and even most of the White House staff for 68 days was driven by what turned out to be a futile hope that the incident could be quietly disposed of without broader implications for Mr. Biden or his presidency,” the Times reported.



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