Taking the Hit for Biden: The Surprising Shortcut to a Promotion in D.C.

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Following a scathing report by Special Counsel Robert Hur, President Joe Biden’s inner circle decided the best response to a potential scandal was… a promotion party! According to The Post, within just a day of the report’s release, key aides were climbing the career ladder faster than you could say “pretty, please.”

Annie Tomasini, the Biden loyalist since his Senate era, snagged the prestigious title of deputy White House chief of staff on February 8. And what do you know? The very next day, Richard Ruffner swooped in to claim Tomasini’s old gig as director of Oval Office operations.

But hold your applause, folks. These lightning-fast promotions didn’t just turn heads—they practically sprouted whiplash.

Jim Hanson, president of the strategy firm Worldstrat, commented on the situation by saying, “I don’t think it should shock anyone that the Biden administration promotes people who help them cover up Joe’s abuse of classified information.”

Tomasini, 44, has been involved in Biden’s career since becoming his press secretary in 2008 when he was a senator for Delaware. Her roles included deputy press secretary during Biden’s vice presidency and traveling chief of staff for his 2020 campaign before she became director of Oval Office operations after his inauguration.

Tomasini’s recent promotion has been controversial, especially following a November 2023 House Oversight Committee report on her March 2021 visit to the Penn Biden Center.

Tomasini—assistant to the President, Senior Advisor to the President, and Director of Oval Office Operations—suddenly went to the Penn Biden Center to “take inventory” of President Biden’s documents and material nearly twenty months before the officially acknowledged timeline began.

As Jonathan Turley pointed out, Tomasini was “one of the closest aides to Biden” and a close friend to Hunter Biden.

On the same day that Biden’s lawyers notified the National Archives about the classified documents at the Penn Biden Center, Pat Moore, President Biden’s attorney, arranged for a FedEx pickup with Penn Biden Center staff.

According to Comer, “a FedEx worker showed up to Penn Biden Center” on November 2, 2022, to load and ship the documents. Comer expressed concern that boxes of documents may have been removed from Penn Biden Center before NARA’s assessment.

In January 2023, President Biden’s personal attorney, Bob Bauer, released a statement that included a timeline of events that started on November 2, 2022, with the “unexpected discovery” of Obama-Biden records at the Penn Biden Center.

Bauer’s timeline conveniently forgot to mention the FedEx pickup bright and early on November 2. Surprise, surprise! Just another day in the Biden/Government cover-up playbook. All this while Trump gets grilled by Biden’s DOJ for what are probably minor infractions in comparison. Talk about selective justice.

Then, there is the promotion of Ruffner, who has a history of service to the Bidens and a stint at Boston Consulting Group. He has succeeded Tomasini as director of Oval Office operations. His connection to the Biden family, particularly through a declined $4,900 Venmo transaction from Hunter Biden labeled “for dad” in 2019, has raised eyebrows.

These promotions coincided with the findings from Special Counsel Hur’s investigation into Biden’s mishandling of classified documents, which, despite acknowledging Biden’s mishandling, recommended no criminal charges, citing his age and memory issues as factors.

Ruffner’s role came into particular focus after classified documents were found at Biden’s Delaware residence in January 2023. Kathy Chung, another aide, implicated him and others in the movement of classified materials from a General Services Administration facility to a Washington, D.C. office.

The White House is playing a game of “keep away” with the House Oversight Committee regarding an interview with Tomasini because transparency is so last season in Washington. Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Oversight Committee, noted the promotions of those implicated in the classified documents issue without surprise, pointing to a lack of accountability from the Department of Justice.