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Red State
Red State
17 Feb 2024
Nick Arama

NextImg:Remember Biden Talking About That 1974 Classified Doc? It Was So Much Worse Than That.

We've been talking for some time about how bad Joe Biden's classified documents scandal was compared to former President Donald Trump's situation. Trump had things transported to Mar-a-Lago only from the time he was president, when he was allowed to have access to them, with Secret Service protection. The issue was over what needed to be returned. 

But as I've noted in the past, Biden himself admitted there was a document going back to 1974, when he didn't even have any right to have anything from the time he was a Senator. Then after the Hur report dropped, Biden spoke about their investigation spanning "40 years." That set off alarm bells about how bad this was, and the media hasn't really been focusing on that part, so I wanted to make sure everyone saw it. 

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He had classified documents, including from the 1970s and 80s, all over his house--when as a Senator, he had no right to any documents outside of a SCIF. Read this and imagine what would happen to you if you were anyone else other than Joe Biden.

Agents seized items that fell primarily into two categories: (1) boxes or folders containing documents with classification markings, most of which date to the 1970s and relate to foreign trips Mr. Eiden took as a senator; and (2) notebooks containing his handwritten notes from his time as vice president relating to foreign policy and national security. Two of these notebooks had marked classified documents stored inside them. and several notebooks contained handwritten information that was itself classified. 

In Mr. Biden's garage, agents found several documents with classification markings dating from Mr. Biden's time in the Senate in the 1970s and 1980s. Some of those documents relate to foreign trips Mr. Biden took as a senator, some of which he chronicled in his 2007 memoir, Promises to Keep. Agents found those Senate-era documents in a storage closet in Mr. Biden's garage.

In Mr. Biden's main-floor office, basement den, and second-floor office, agents found and seized seventeen notebooks and a stack of notecards, all of which contained Mr. Biden's handwritten notes on foreign policy and national security matters as vice president. Two of the notebooks, found in the main-floor office, had documents with classification markings stored inside them. Elsewhere in the house, agents found one document with classification markings in the third-level den. And in an office attached to the primary bedroom on the second level agents found a binder (similar to a binder previously found in the garage). which contained most of the same marked classified documents as the binder found in the garage.

He had still more classified documents that were found when they searched his Senate papers at the University of Delaware. I don't think we were ever told by the White House that these were found; reports at the time about the search of those documents suggested that no classified documents had been found. 

Between January and June 2023, FBI agents searched over 300 boxes containing Mr. Biden's Senate papers. which were stored in two locations at the University of Delaware. Within those boxes. agents found documents with potential classification markings, dating from 1977 to 1991, during Mr. Biden's service in the Senate.

Not to mention, disclosing some of the documents to his ghostwriter in 2017 and this being kept in unsecure locations for decades. 

There are so many things I find problematic here, it's hard to know where to begin. 

First, let me say what I think of Joe Biden's ridiculous defense that somehow it's his staff's fault that he ended up with classified documents all over the place. The only constant over those 50 years is Joe Biden. But he claimed none of it was his fault. It's disgusting that he would try to pin it on them.  

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Then there's a huge problem here that he had all these documents from his time in the Senate. They had to have been walked out of the SCIF, and he had several of them. Not only that, they were stuck in notebooks with his handwriting, which shows he had knowledge of them, at least at some point. The ones in the Senate papers at the University of Delaware -- I'm not sure what "potential classification markings" means -- show this has been going on for decades. 

Had this been anyone else walking things out of a SCIF is a potential crime, with a count for each document taken. Not to mention, a potential crime for disclosing things. 

So, this concept of "Biden was cooperative" is ridiculous. Why was he in possession of all these documents for decades? Why were they removed from a SCIF? A random staff member can't do that, it's the member of Congress who has access to the SCIF. Then how were they removed, apparently for decades? That means there was some hole in the SCIF security that allowed this to keep happening over that time. Didn't anyone check to make sure that nothing was being walked out of there? And then who else might have been doing this? 

This behavior was completely atrocious. Who knows what might have been compromised by this behavior? And who else might have had access to this information when it was kept like this? 

But it's even worse than that. There appears to be no accountability for his actions, while Trump is being pursued. The two-tiered justice system is in full effect.