In a revelation demanding consistency from leftists who appeared obsessed with reports that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) last year raided Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago and recovered what pop media stressed were, in some cases, classified documents, CBS News reports that classified Obama-era government documents recently were removed from a private office Biden used when Vice President.
Curiously, government officials have known of the problem since November 2 – prior to the midterm elections – yet this week appears to be the first time the story hit the mass media.
Writes Adriana Diaz:
“Attorney General Merrick Garland has assigned the U.S. attorney in Chicago to review documents marked classified that were found at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, two sources with knowledge of the inquiry told CBS News. The roughly 10 documents are from President Biden's vice-presidential office at the center, the sources said. CBS News has learned the FBI is also involved in the U.S. attorney's inquiry.”
The people working at Burisma, Ukraine's state-run energy corporation where Hunter Biden magically got a job in 2014, probably could tell us a bit about Joe's powers of "global engagement."
Of course, it's unlikely we'll ever get all the real info on Biden's doings in Ukraine. So, in the meantime, perhaps Joe, like Donald Trump, can be reminded that he should have followed Jordan Peterson’s famous advice to “clean your room.”
The big problem is that the rooms of concern here are private, but the documents they kept supposedly belong to “we the people.”
“The material was identified by personal attorneys for Mr. Biden on Nov. 2, just before the midterm elections, Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president confirmed. The documents were discovered when Mr. Biden's personal attorneys ‘were packing files housed in a locked closet to prepare to vacate office space at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C.,’ Sauber said in a statement to CBS News. The documents were contained in a folder that was in a box with other unclassified papers, the sources said.”
And since the initial CBS revelation, other news sites have begun to report on the revelation. Reuters’ Steve Holland and Kanishka Singh note:
“The Penn Biden Center is named for Biden, who periodically used the office space from mid-2017 until the start of his 2020 presidential campaign.”
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And, in a shocking flash of fairness, CNN’s Senior Justice Correspondent Evan Perez wondered aloud how the Biden Administration's Justice Department could pursue any charges against Trump for his document retention, if Biden appears to have done the same:
"How can you prosecute -- which is something that is obviously being considered by the Justice Department right now? There's actually a Special Counsel looking into whether to bring criminal charges in this case. How can you consider bringing charges against Donald Trump when something else like this could have happened to Joe Biden?"
Okay. Perez almost hit the target.
His framing of the transgression within the passive voice of “could have happened to” makes Biden look like a victim, rather than the person ultimately responsible for this problem. And it could become very problematic, if government officials want to be consistent about how they handle “classified documents.”
According to The Washington Times, there are questions as to whether a vice president can declassify documents:
“A March 2003 executive order signed by President George W. Bush empowered the vice president to classify sensitive materials. That same executive order grants declassification powers to ‘the official who authorized the original classification’ or ‘a supervisor official.’
Under the executive order, vice presidents are granted the power to declassify documents they classified themselves. But it’s unclear if the vice president would be viewed as ‘a supervisory official’ with the ability to declassify sensitive documents from the CIA and other intelligence agencies.”
And the argument is not being neglected in Congress:
“’By the way, the only person that has the constitutional ability to declassify any documents is the president of the United States, not the vice president,’ Rep. Steve Scalise, Louisiana Republican, told reporters Tuesday.”
Questions remain unanswered, but one fact is obvious.
In the U.S., the government that supposedly represents you and many of the political players who claim that you are free eagerly will force you to pay for their governance, operate secretly, and then keep those secrets, even when they supposedly return to “private practice.”
If that seems problematic to you, you might not be the only one who feels that way.
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