What is the story of the secret documents that were found in Biden’s office?
Since it was revealed that secret files were found in the office of the US President, at the time of his assumption of the position of Vice President during the Barack Obama administration, and the snowball that began to roll, it began to grow in size.
The snowball thrown by Biden’s special advisor, Richard Sauber, regarding the secret documents found in Biden’s office, is still rolling and growing until it has reached one of its stations, which certainly won’t be the last.
The following report reveal what are those documents.
The story begun when CBS News, which quoted Biden’s special advisor, Richard Sauber, as confirming that the documents in dispute were discovered when Biden’s personal lawyers were packing files kept in a locked safe in Biden’s former office, pointing out that they belong to the Biden era when he was Vice President to Obama, and it was found on the 2nd of last November, days before the midterm congressional elections.
Later, the US National Archives and Records Administration was notified of the discovery of these documents on the same day, after which the Attorney General, Merrick Garland, the US Attorney General in Chicago, was tasked with reviewing the documents and examining how they were in Biden’s former office.
Sources familiar with the investigation told CBS News that the 20 documents were kept in a file that was in a box containing non-classified papers, noting that the information contained in the documents and their level of classification wasn’t known at first, but it later became clear that they covered topics related to Ukraine, Iran and the United Kingdom.
The Republicans grabbed the news and ignited a wave of criticism about it in the House of Representatives, which they now control.
Republican criticism focused on the idea of double standards from the US Department of Justice, as it dealt according to them with Biden differently from former President Donald Trump, who brought sensitive government documents with him from the White House to his residence in South Florida, which is still under investigation.
House Majority Leader Steve Scalise said last Tuesday that “the only person who has the constitutional ability to declassify any documents is the President of the United States, not the Vice President”.
Thus, Scalise confirms that Biden, who is a deputy to Obama, if he took secret documents with him and detained them for years, he must be held accountable, addressing the journalists: “You must ask him the same questions that you asked President Trump”.
The criticism of the Republicans didn’t depend on talking to journalists only, but the most dangerous thing is that some of them took steps within the framework of the escalation, as the spokesman for the Republican Senator from Florida Marco Rubio, Vice Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said that he and Senator Mark Warner, who is by the way, Democrats said a letter to the Director of National Intelligence requesting access to the documents, a damage assessment, and a briefing on each of the documents discovered in Mr. Biden’s former office and Trump’s home.
“Our designation system exists to protect our most important national security secret, and we expect to be briefed on what happened at both Mar-a-Lago and the Biden office as part of our constitutional oversight obligations,” Warner said in his letter.
The Republican-led House Oversight and Accountability Committee then launched an investigation into those documents, which US media said had been marked by various levels of classification including some that were rated highly.
In a letter to Stewart Delary, the White House counsel, who is the chairman of the House Oversight Committee James Comer, wrote that the committee was “concerned that President Biden has compromised intelligence sources and methods with his mishandling of classified documents”.
Comer asked the White House to turn over all documents and correspondence related to the classified materials recovered by January 24.
He also requested a list of people with access to the office space and any document-related communication between the White House, the National Archives, and the Justice Department.
Comer sent a second letter to the National Archives last Tuesday, saying his committee would also investigate “whether there was political bias in the agency, or inconsistent treatment of recovering classified records maintained by both former President Trump and President Biden”.
It’s certain, according to observers, that these facts will affect the standpoint of American voters, especially after Biden announced his desire to run again for president in 2024.
And with the Republicans’ accelerated moves towards the investigation, it seems that the matter may take an upward curve, some say that it will be in response to what was dealt with in Trump’s documents that were discovered at his residence.
Some Republicans have come to the determination to move forward with the investigation, which may amount to a serious felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, according to US law.
Last Thursday, US Attorney General Merrick Garland confirmed that he had concluded that it was in the public interest to appoint a special counsel to investigate the alleged mishandling of classified government documents since Biden was Vice President of the United States.
In conclusion, a question remains unanswered.
Will the upcoming US presidential elections will be actually affected, with voices started to say that Joe Biden is offering the presidency to his Republican opponents on a golden plate?