In 2022, President Joe Biden found himself in the spotlight due to the discovery of classified materials dating back to his tenure as Vice President under Barack Obama. These documents were stored in Biden’s Delaware home garage and a private office in Washington, D.C.
Now, Biden’s re-election campaign team, already facing nearly insurmountable obstacles, has another worry – the release of potentially embarrassing photos surrounding the President’s storage of these documents when Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report drops later this week.
The first batch of Biden documents emerged from a locked closet at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, D.C. This center served as Biden’s post-vice presidential office, and the documents were found during a routine cleaning.
The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement has been the subject of scrutiny due to its affiliation with the University of Pennsylvania. Government records reveal that the university received substantial donations from foreign countries, including significant sums from undisclosed donors. These revelations have raised concerns about the center’s financial ties and potential implications for U.S. global leadership.
After establishing the Penn Biden Center, the university experienced a 400% increase in foreign contributions. While the exact sources of these funds remain undisclosed, the surge in donations has fueled questions about transparency and accountability.
Furthermore, the center’s partnership with foreign entities has been spotlighted. Critics argue that such affiliations could compromise American interests or create conflicts of interest. This makes discovering Biden’s classified documents at the center’s offices even more concerning.
The second set of Biden documents surfaced unexpectedly in the storage space in Biden’s garage near Wilmington, Delaware, with another found in Biden’s personal library at home. The garage was not a secure area designated for classified documents and lacked the safeguards one would expect for sensitive information, but not to worry. President Biden assured the public that the documents were secure because he locked the garage to protect his Corvette.
But again, why worry about photos of improperly stored classified documents? The White House has made it clear that they will not pursue charges in Biden’s case. He is, after all, the Golden Child.
But Biden, now the Democratic incumbent, faces the possibility of a rematch with former President Donald Trump. Trump’s campaign will eagerly and justifiably highlight the disparities in the administration’s approach to mishandling classified information.
Trump faced scrutiny for storing classified documents improperly at Mar-a-Lago. The discovery of classified documents among President Joe Biden’s vice presidential papers has ignited a debate, drawing comparisons to the stash of classified materials associated with former President Donald Trump. While both cases involve sensitive information, the White House is quick to invent ways in which Trump’s document case is so much worse than Biden’s.
Biden supporters claim that attorneys found Biden’s documents during office space preparation. The National Archives were seemingly unaware of the missing documents. According to Biden’s allies, Biden’s team notified the National Archives, and officials collected the documents without resistance.
In contrast, Trump’s documents were allegedly identified after he left office, and the National Archives contacted his officials. An “investigation” revealed that Trump initially refused to return the documents, leading to legal battles and the incredibly dramatic FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago.
But Trump, as President, wielded broader constitutional powers, including the authority to declassify documents. In contrast, Biden lacked the same presidential authority during his vice presidency. It’s a significant difference that is vastly underreported in the media.
On January 24, 2023, reports surfaced stating that an attorney representing former Vice President Mike Pence had informed the Department of Justice about the discovery of classified documents at Pence’s residence in Indiana.
The attorney’s correspondence indicated that he had retained “outside counsel with experience in handling classified documents” to scrutinize the records stored at Pence’s home, prompted by similar findings at Biden’s residence. According to the letter, these documents were “inadvertently boxed and transported to the personal home of the former vice president at the end of the last administration.”
In June 2023, just before Mike Pence’s announcement as a candidate in the 2024 United States presidential election, the FBI declared that no charges would be filed against the former vice president.
President Trump’s Democrat-imposed Mar-a-Lago drama, complete with a carefully staged FBI raid, contrasts sharply with Biden’s assurance that his garage lock safeguards sensitive documents. As the nation gears up for another electoral showdown, the question of who holds the moral high ground in safeguarding sensitive information may play a more significant role than anticipated.
And that seems to be Team Biden’s biggest fear. However, it’s hard to imagine that any pictures of Biden’s garage documents could make him appear any more foolish than his policies already do.