The latest developments in President Biden’s classified documents scandal.
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By Jenevieve Monroe
Early November was a difficult month for President Biden, as several of his attorneys had discovered 10 classified documents at the Penn Biden Center in Washington. By late December, the president’s lawyers informed investigator John Lausch that more classified documents had been discovered in the garage of Biden’s Delaware home. These documents covered an array of foreign intelligence relations, including discourse on countries like Iran, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom. Although they were stashed during Biden’s term as Vice President, it is possible he will face accountability by the FBI in his current presidency.
President Biden’s inappropriate storage of classified information made headlines on January 9th. Americans have expressed mixed emotions on the topic; historically, Biden himself has publicly opposed the mishandling of documents. He expressed condemnation against former president Donald Trump during the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago investigation. When asked for his opinion on the issue in a 60 Minutes interview, President Biden said, “How that [misconduct] could possibly happen. How one– anyone could be that irresponsible… And I thought, ‘What data was in there that may compromise sources and methods?’ By that I mean names of people who helped or th — et cetera. And it's just — totally irresponsible” (New York Times, 2023).
Biden’s September statement has been viewed as hypocritical in light of the current investigation. As for former President Donald Trump, he is also in deep water with several failed appeals. On December 1st, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals removed several legal restrictions from Trump’s initial case and enabled the Department of Justice to move forward without litigation backpedaling the lawsuit. Critics of both Trump and Biden have questioned why those in executive power have neglected their responsibilities with respect to document handling.
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