The White House is scrambling to fill in the gaps in the documents and undermine Republican efforts to impeach President Joe Biden and remove former President Donald Trump from his secretive role.
Biden’s aides have spent the past week trying to block the order over a faulty communications system that has exacerbated the problems found against the vice president at his Delaware home and former office.
House Republicans want more information from the White House on Biden’s records
But now, in a special counsel investigation, he faces the possibility of a new search that could lead to the disclosure of more documents as many House Republicans are causing a storm. Biden, meanwhile, is deeply troubled by his situation, according to new CNN reports.
The problems cannot be big for the president when he is struggling to solve the problem. In the short term, the documents have mixed positive events, including a slight cooling of inflation, which they hope to use as a way to open the elections that are expected to be announced soon. The complicated White House communications process of more than 20 documents destroyed any hope of drawing a solid line between Biden’s cooperation with the administration and Trump’s months of criticism and obfuscation due to the release of hundreds of pages.
Now that Mr. Biden, like Mr. Trump, is facing a special investigation, the White House is under intense pressure to prevent a single scandal from triggering an investigation into other areas that could eat into the Biden presidency.
The deputy attorney general said it was an “important question” for Biden
The president’s hopes for an early 2023 term depend on several key questions facing the White House that have found definitive answers difficult.
- Are there other documents expected to be discovered that will increase the political impact of this debate?
- Will there be another search following the discovery of documents in the old office that Mr. Biden used after his presidency and in his home?
- Who can search like this? Biden’s lawyers? Or will the FBI be involved as well, considering that a special counsel was appointed last week by Attorney General Merrick Garland to prevent political interference?
- Since the first documents were discovered in November, why has it taken so long to search other places where the vice president could be found, including the files that could be found? The search for Mr. Biden’s team involved the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago, which reviewed the case, a source close to the investigation told CNN’s Evan Perez.
- How quickly and effectively can House Republicans use this drama to increase their agenda – and create a story of corruption and shadow surrounding the Biden family and his son Hunter’s business?
- Can the so-far lazy effort in the White House transform the apparent hypocrisy of the GOP, which does not care about Trump’s major writings, into a political message that will turn the majority of the House into extremists before the 2024 election. ?
These questions could help determine whether this is another Washington issue that leaves voters cold because it doesn’t align with their priorities or whether the response creates a look of inefficiency and chaos that could be damaging in the long run.
Amid an increasingly beleaguered White House, Mr. Biden was angered by how the document’s release undermined the political backlash he received after defeating the Republican Party in the November midterm elections.
CNN’s White House team reported that people are quietly resigning in the West Wing as aides wait to see if classified documents can be found in Biden’s papers, dating back to his time as vice president in the Obama administration.
As is often the case at times like this, there is a conflict between the ways in which the President’s lawyers, who are responsible for impeachment, and the lack of a public relations strategy to destroy politics. damage.
So even though he didn’t say anything about the initial discovery of documents in the vice president’s office in November until the story came out earlier this month it may be legally understandable, it was a political move that was not sustainable.
Then, not revealing that some documents were found when Mr. Biden was talking about this last week only made things worse because it made it look like he had something to hide. Finding more information can make the confusion worse.
“In this case, it doesn’t look good,” said David Axelrod, a former adviser to President Barack Obama who is now CNN’s political analyst.
“They’re between a rock and a hard place and the biggest mistake was drip, drip, drip,” Axelrod told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “The key to crisis communication is – know where the story is going, get there quickly, get there as quickly as possible.”
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There are signs that the embattled White House is beginning to change its ways. For example, over the weekend, Richard Sauber, the White House attorney general, said that five more pages were found at Biden’s home in Wilmington last week. The move appears to be an attempt to get ahead of the damaging revelation rather than wait for it to be reported by the media.
On Monday, the White House counsel’s office pushed back on Republican requests for more information, saying there were no visitor logs at the Biden home. The GOP wanted things like this when they wanted to expand their investigation. The Secret Service also said that the presidential security agency does not keep such records.
But Republican House Speaker Steve Scalise hinted at the nature of the upcoming debates when he warned: “Just because he says that, you don’t just accept what he’s promised.”
Revealing to the media that Mr. Biden was disappointed by the performance of the show may have been an attempt to damage and prevent the president from making a political appearance. But it remains to be seen whether the management is still at a point where they can start dictating what the story is about.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has been bombarded with questions in the Briefing Room for days, and her failure to provide in-depth answers will not help the President’s case. His comments also seemed to exacerbate his problem last week – including when he joked that the documents found in his garage were safe because the Corvette was locked up.
One goal of Washington Republicans is to increase Biden’s discomfort and use his problems with documents to undermine any grounds for accusing Trump of withholding documents or obstruction.
The two special investigations are separate and Trump appears to be in legal trouble. But in an election season in which both of them may be contenders, it is difficult to see how the former president can be accused of election documents when the case is in the case of his successor.
On the face of it, Republicans are guilty of fraud because few of them care about Trump’s refusal to hand over major items – which led to a court-ordered investigation that found more than 100 documents. the Republican majority in the House has begun to do more. House Oversight Chairman James Comer, for example, said last year that Trump’s actions were not so important but that they had been aggressive in targeting Biden.
Tapper asks a GOP lawmaker if they should investigate Trump or just Biden
“We just want to be treated the same way here in terms of how former President Trump and current President Biden are treated,” the Kentucky Republican told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday’s “State of the Union,” criticizing Democrats for two.
Unlike Mr. Trump, there is no indication, however, that Mr. Biden made any effort to hide the documents when they became known or to prevent his return to government as required by law when an executive leaves the executive branch.
If the White House can handle this issue, it can use the disagreement between Biden and Trump to reduce the political damage to the president and start creating demonstrations to show that Republicans are hiding the unpopular former president.
But after last week, it remains as big as.