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CNN anchor Victor Blackwell confronted a top Biden administration official on Tuesday over the glaring lack of transparency from the Biden administration on President Joe Biden's classified documents scandal.
On Tuesday, CBS News reported the FBI conducted a search of Biden's private Washington office after his personal attorney made the initial discovery of classified documents on Nov. 2. It's not clear why Biden's attorneys, the White House, and the DOJ previously refused to disclose the search.
What happened on CNN?
After White House communications director Kate Bedingfield claimed the White House has been "transparent from the onset," Blackwell had just one question: How can you be transparent if you aren't forthcoming with basic details?
"You are claiming transparency, but I am bringing this to you, you aren't bringing it to me," he said. "This happened in mid-November. If you are, indeed, being transparent, why the continued trickle of disclosure around these classified documents?"
Unfortunately, Bedingfield completely ignored the question. Instead, she emphasized Biden's cooperation with the Justice Department.
"We have released multiple statements from the White House, and President Biden's personal attorney has released multiple statements over the last month, walking through the process and agreeing to be fully, fully cooperative with the Justice Department," she responded. "This is a process that plays out.
"We have been clear from the outset that the president will cooperate with every request the Justice Department has and we put out multiple statements describing that process," she added.
\u201cCNN: "You're claiming transparency... this happened in mid-November. If you are, indeed, being transparent, why the continued trickle of disclosure around these classified documents?\u201d\n \nBiden Spox Kate Bedingfield: \u201cWe have released multiple statements."\u201d— RNC Research (@RNC Research) 1675201301
What about the search?
According to CBS News, the FBI searched Biden's private office, the one he used before becoming president, sometime in "mid-November" after the initial Nov. 2 discovery.
It's not clear what the FBI found — if agents found additional classified documents — and it's not clear which exact day the FBI conducted its search, whether it was before or after the Nov. 8 midterm election.
The refusal to disclose the search is odd. When the Justice Department searched Biden's private residence in Wilmington, Delaware, last month, the search was announced the next day. Moreover, Biden's personal attorney announced Wednesday that the FBI was searching Biden's vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the same day of the search.
The refusal to disclose basic timeline facts has led to widespread speculation of non-negligent malfeasance.
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Chris Enloe is a staff writer for Blaze News