Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie goes LONG:
In a September interview with CBS’ SCOTT PELLEY for “60 Minutes,” President JOE BIDEN blasted DONALD TRUMP for taking sensitive classified materials with him to Mar-a-Lago. When he learned the news, Biden said he instantly wanted to know “how that could possibly happen.” He worried that the documents contained information “that may compromise sources and methods.” He was flummoxed how “anyone could be that irresponsible.”
Now, four months later, those same pointed reactions are aimed at Biden after the revelation yesterday that a trove of classified documents were discovered in the garage at his home in Wilmington, Del. — prompting AG MERRICK GARLAND to appoint former U.S. Attorney ROBERT HUR as special counsel to probe Biden’s handling of classified documents.
For the White House, it’s a burgeoning political nightmare that comes just as Biden tries to draw a contrast with the new House Republican majority, which the administration is eager to cast as chaotic and irresponsible.
For the GOP, it’s a belated Christmas gift, and Republicans are positively giddy. While the White House has done its utmost to distinguish Biden’s and Trump’s situations — both in terms of the breadth of documents as well as the manner in which both men cooperated with investigators (or not, in Trump’s case) — Republicans are confident they can chalk up those up to semantics.
They’re already adding this new line of inquiry to their mountain of “must-probe” leads — and alleging that Trump is being held to a “double standard” when compared to the justice system’s treatment of Biden.
Pay-up, ya bums!
He’s gonna benghazi, Benghazi, BENGHAZI!!1! the eff out of this.
Back to Tiger Beat, where we get to inevitable, Some Say…
While sitting presidents can’t be charged with a crime — thanks to an obscure DOJ rule that we all become familiar with during the Trump years — Democrats privately concede that this isn’t looking good for Biden. As our colleague Christopher Cadelago reports, some Dems quietly admit that the situation gives the “president’s critics a chance to denounce him as negligent, hypocritical or careless right at a time when things were moving Biden’s way.”
Aaaaaand an unnamed, allegedly Democratic source gives the Beltway the catnip it so desperately wants:
“I think it takes the whole Trump scandal off the table,” one Democratic operative told Chris.
Because: Politico is in the business of gossip and Right Wing Wish Fulfillment.
The astute reader will note (even if you go to the full Politico piece) that they never find a Republican operative to give a comment like, “Hair Füror is still totally eff’ed in the dark,” or who says that this is politics, not actually legally actionable.
This news is a gift to Republicans, who benefit anytime the media loses focus on GOP efforts to ban abortion, obstruct justice, and defund the IRS so the rich can do more tax cheating.