Of all the lame excuses . . .
CNN This Morning came up with a laughable one today. CNN White House correspondent MJ Lee blamed Biden's "hectic, crazy" schedule during his final days as Vice President for classified documents winding up in Biden's personal possession. Like being in your last lame-duck week as Vice President was an epic matter.
Lee claimed that:
"Biden was sort of sprinting through the final days of him being in office. He had an incredibly busy last few weeks and days," that were "hectic and so crazy."
Note to MJ Lee: two words that don't go together: "Biden," and "sprinting." They tweeted this spin out as well:
White House aides' process to pack up Biden's workspaces was muddled and hurried as he used his office until the final minutes of his vice presidency. https://t.co/mNY5tKvFun
— CNN (@CNN) January 13, 2023
Among the items on Biden's "hectic, crazy" schedule making it so, so difficult to handle the classified documents in a proper manner, Lee cited:
"the surprise Medal of Freedom ceremony that was given to him by the president then, President Barack Obama."
Seriously? How long could that take? In contrast with Biden's predilections, Obama presumably didn't even pause to sniff Joe's hair as he hung the medal around his neck. Lee also suggested that the mishandling was the fault of "lower-level staffers" who were assigned the packing duties.
To quote Biden, "c'mon man!" Can anyone possibly believe that a low-level staffer was given the keys to Biden's garage, and told to just "stuff that box of documents next to the 'Vette?"
Note: as we've observed, host Kaitlin Collins has distinguished herself as the relatively fair and balanced reporter of the morning-show hosting trio. She ended the discussion with Lee by rather skeptically mentioning that the Biden administration "still haven't said who exactly was that packed and moved these materials."
CNN This Morning claiming that classified documents turning up on Biden's possession was due to his hectic schedule in his final days as Vice President, including the ceremony in which Pres. Obama gave him the Medal of Freedom, was sponsored in part by Sleep Number, ADT, Google, and Trivago.
Here's the transcript.
CNN This Morning
6:10 am ET
KAITLIN COLLINS: And a big question has been, how these documents got where they were. We talked about the former private office. Biden said yesterday that the second document that was found was inside his garage, next to his Corvette. Has the White House offered any explanation for how the documents got there in the first place?
MJ LEE: Well, you know, this morning the CNN team has done a reconstruction of the earliest days of 2017. This was, of course, when the Vice President back then, Joe Biden, was sort of sprinting through the final days of him being in office.
And what we learned is that he had an incredibly busy last few weeks and few days of the vice presidency. Including a last minute trip to Ukraine, going to Davos, the surprise Medal of Freedom ceremony that was given to him by the president then, President Barack Obama.
And we are told that that made everything so much more hectic. And there were lower-level assistants, lower-level staff, who were mostly involved in packing up his belongings. But there were, of course, several offices that had to be packed up.
And all of this made things so much more hectic and so crazy. And Kathy Chung, the executive assistant at the time, we now know was one of the people that was interviewed as part of this process, Kaitlin.
COLLINS: Yeah. And they still haven't said who exactly was that packed and moved these materials.