Let us start with the facts surrounding the “discovery” of classified U.S. Government documents, including Top Secret and Sensitive Compartmented Information (aka SCI):
- The documents were “discovered” in early November 2022 by lawyers ostensibly working for Brandon.
- The documents were discovered at locations that Hunter Brandon could enter or leave at will.
- Hunter Brandon currently is the target of an investigation by the Delaware U.S. attorney and faces potential charges for information contained on his laptop.
- There is no requirement for Secret Service to keep a list of visitors for Hunter Brandon.
I initially speculated that the leak about these documents could be part of a plot to get rid of Brandon in anticipation of the debacle in Ukraine and to clear the decks for a new Democrat candidate for 2024. But one thing bothered me — why didn’t Brandon’s lawyers destroy the documents?
If the lawyers really were working for Brandon, we still do not have a good answer for why they were searching through Joe’s office and home for documents? What precipitated this?
The most likely explanation is that Hunter Brandon had full knowledge of these documents because his Dad removed them during his last days as Vice President. Those documents helped Hunter identify clients and secure deals in Ukraine, China and other locations. And Brandon directly benefited from those deals (e.g., 10% for the Big Guy).
Joe can claim that he made a mistake in taking the documents and not securing them. He can also claim that he had no knowledge that his son was sneaking around reading this classified material. Meanwhile, Hunter is trying to buy some good will with the prosecutor by disclosing the existence of these documents. I fully expect Joe and Hunter to deny responsibility for this security breach. Could it be that Joe and Hunter might implicate Chief of Staff Ron Klain, or a lower level staffer, as the scapegoat for taking these documents?