Democrat Representative Hank Johnson of Georgia suggested that the classified documents located at President Joe Biden’s residence may have been “planted.”
While speaking to reporters outside the Capitol, Rep. Johnson called for a more considerable investigation into the discovery of revelations that classified documents had been located in the president’s Delaware garage.
Johnson cast a shadow on the situation, saying the timing was suspicious and further speculated that the president may be a target of malicious plants of documents.
“My response to it all is that alleged classified documents showing up allegedly in possession of Joseph Biden, you know, I mean, there’s so much that needs to be investigated, and that’s what I call for is for everything to be investigated,” said Johnson.
Johnson continued, “But I’m suspicious of the timing of it. I’m also aware of the fact that things can be planted on people. Places and things can be planted. … Things can be planted in places and then discovered conveniently. That may be what has occurred here. I’m not ruling that out. But I’m open in terms of the investigation — needs to be investigated.”
Despite Johnson’s speculations that the documents may have been planted, the president admitted that he knew they were in his garage.
“So, the documents were in a locked garage?” asked correspondent Peter Doocy
“Yes, as well as my Corvette,” answered Biden.
AG Garland appoints special counsel shortly after document disclosure
Only hours after Johnson spoke out about his suspicions related to the discovery, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Robert Hur in charge of the investigation into the classified documents as special counsel.
“It is refreshing to see the Department of Justice restored from its politicization during the Trump years, and I applaud Attorney General Garland for acting swiftly in appointing a special counsel to investigate the Biden document discoveries,” said Rep. Johnson.
“Based on what we know, there is a big difference between the Trump and Biden document cases. There remains much we don’t know about the Biden document discoveries, and it’s too early to reach any conclusions. I am confident, however, that the process has begun to ensure that we get to the truth and that justice will be done,” said Johnson.
Other Democrats have spoken out, including Representative Pramila Jayapal, Democrat of Washington, who said, “It’s irresponsible to not disclose when you have documents. [Biden] has certainly done that. And he’s been working cooperatively to make sure that everything is disclosed. That is what should happen. And, yes, we certainly need to start understanding why these documents are making their way out of the White House.”