An expert in Presidential litigation has exerted that President Joe Biden’s use of attorneys to search his properties for classified documentation could help minimize evidence against him should a criminal case ever be pursued against Biden for his mishandling of documents.
In a column published Monday (January 16), Jonathan Turley, an attorney and legal scholar specializing in constitutional law, described how Biden’s reliance on attorneys was a strategic move.
Turley has been central to litigation against Democratic Presidents. The attorney testified in former President’s Bill Clinton impeachment trial and represented GOP lawmakers in a suit over the Affordable Care Act they filed against the Obama administration.
In Monday’s column, Hurley lent his expertise to the situation surrounding the discovery of classified documents in an office Biden held from 2017 to 2019, the garage of his Wilmington, Del. home, and the garage of that same home.
Turley claims Biden’s “pricey” use of lawyers to search various properties, instead of allowing the FBI to do it, is an attempt by Biden to “raise attorney-client privilege.”
He explained that the attorney-client privilege “adds a level of initial protection,” which enabled Biden to “control the discovery and initial record of the discovery.”
Turley noted that Trump had also used attorneys initially until the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago residence.
Turley also explained that should criminal charges be pursued against Biden, the President’s attorneys would become “key witnesses.”
He elaborated that the attorneys could work to “minimize incriminating or embarrassing” evidence against Biden, given that, unlike FBI agents, the President’s lawyers aren’t “acting on behalf of the public interest.”