Reminder: Vice President Biden had no authority to declassify secret documents he took to his think tank
The Daily Wire reported on what they thought was a breaking story on 9 January 2023 (although other sources — such as the next article below — reveal the Department of “Justice” knew of these files before the midterms).
Attorney General Merrick Garland has reportedly assigned U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch to review classified material from President Joe Biden’s time as vice-president that was discovered at a Biden think tank.
CBS News reported that the approximately 10 documents were found at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington.
The files were discovered by Biden’s personal attorneys when they “were packing files housed in a locked closet to prepare to vacate office space at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C.”
The attorneys said that the information was found in a box with other materials that were not classified.
CNN reported that some of the classified materials that were discovered included top-secret files designated as “sensitive compartmented information,” which means that the materials include highly sensitive information obtained from intelligence sources.
(Read more at the Daily Wire)
President Trump could declare documents to be unclassified or classified. Vice President Biden clearly broke the law by taking these classified documents
According to NBC News a limit to the presidential power to classify and declassify documents rests in the Atomic Energy Act.
Sitting presidents do have “unilateral and complete authority” to declassify material, though it doesn’t fully extend to information classified under the Atomic Energy Act, said national security attorney Bradley P. Moss.
Oddly, just as Byron York (published in Northwest Georgia News) pointed out that the Democrats’ “nuclear code” excuse depended on the Democrats’ “secret evidence” argument.
Think back five years to the frenzy of news reporting and commentary over what was called Trump-Russia “collusion” — the allegation that the 2016 Trump campaign conspired with Russia to fix the presidential election. Most of the coverage, and especially the commentary, seemed predicated on the belief that collusion did, in fact, take place. But later, in one of history’s great never minds, the extensive investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller was unable to establish that Trump-Russia collusion — prosecutors called it conspiracy or coordination — ever occurred at all. The Mueller team spent years investigating an alleged crime and in the end concluded they could not establish that the alleged crime even took place, much less who did it.
The striking feature of the media’s collusion talkathon in 2017 and 2018 was that much of it was based on secret evidence. There were super-secret recordings of Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, talking to the Russians. There was secret evidence gathered by a secret FBI investigation. There was secret testimony to Mueller’s prosecutors. And there was, famously, a secret dossier of Trump allegations. (Unlike the other examples, the dossier was actually revealed early in the investigation, which led fair-minded observers to suspect, correctly, that it was a fraud.)
Why re-tell that story? Because there is a new special counsel investigation of Trump, now a candidate for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. Attorney General Merrick Garland instructed the new counsel, Jack Smith, to investigate two matters: Trump’s alleged role in inciting the Jan. 6 riot and the “investigation involving classified documents and other presidential records, as well as the possible obstruction of that investigation.” What is notable about the second topic, the documents investigation, is how much, like earlier probes, it is based on secret evidence.
It is in the “public interest.” This is not just a legal case, Garland was saying, but one in which the public has a significant interest, and therefore one the DOJ must treat differently from other cases. The department must take steps to ensure public confidence in the investigation.
The heart of the documents case appears to be allegations that Trump improperly handled classified documents. But, of course, there are different degrees of classification, and beyond that, there is a widespread consensus that the government classifies too many documents to begin with. So to make Trump’s offense, his memento-collecting, sound as serious as possible, there have been leaks suggesting that he mishandled the most sensitive documents that the government has.
In the early weeks of the investigation, there were leaks that Trump’s papers were “classified documents relating to nuclear weapons,” in the words of the Washington Post, and also documents involving clandestine human sources who could face death or imprisonment in foreign lands if their identities were released through Trump’s actions. There were papers that “could reveal carefully guarded secrets about U.S. intelligence-gathering methods,” causing “grave concern” in the intelligence community, the Post reported. “At least one of the documents seized by the FBI describes Iran’s missile program,” the Post continued. “Other documents described highly sensitive intelligence work aimed at China.”
Here is the problem. The investigation is in the “public interest,” according to the attorney general, but no one in the public knows what the documents are. Other than the broadly worded reports based on leaks, the public has no idea what they might be. Yes, the Justice Department released a staged photo of documents and cover pages that said TOP SECRET/SCI lying on a carpet at Mar-a-Lago, but no one in the public knows what they are. There is no way for any member of the public to evaluate the evidence.
(Read the rest at Northwest Georgia News)
Secret evidence and secret trials goes against everything in American jurisprudence. Being able to face your accusers and review the evidence against you stand as central rights.
Even if this were Biden, that should not be allowed to stand.
When it comes to a fellow conservative, it really will not stand.
Biden’s secret documents were known before the midterms
MarketWatch revealed that Biden’s secret documents were found before the 2022 elections. (Bolding is mine for emphasis.)
The Justice Department is reviewing a batch of potentially classified documents found in the Washington office space of President Joe Biden’s former institute, the White House said Monday.
Special counsel to the president Richard Sauber said “a small number of documents with classified markings” were discovered as Biden’s personal attorneys were clearing out the offices of the Penn Biden Center, where the president kept an office after he left the vice presidency in 2017 until shortly before he launched his 2020 presidential campaign in 2019. The documents were found on Nov. 2, 2022, in a “locked closet” in the office, Sauber said.
(Read more at MarketWatch)
This could have been a headline for an honest press and an honest Department of “Justice”
One has to ask these questions of the Biden team:
- Since there were complaints by Democrats of security around the Secret-Service-protected Mar-a-Lago (where they speculated that just anyone could get past the Secret Service and into the locked safe in Trump’s closet), who had access to that closet at the University of Pennsylvania?
- Since we know that the CCP provided $54.6 million in donations to the University of Pennsylvania between 2014 and 2019, could any CCP representatives have intercepted these top secret files on Ukraine?
- Since this deals with Ukraine (as did the Hunter laptop story that Twitter/Facebook/Google and the main stream media suppressed at the request of Biden’s FBI), does this point toward a further corrupting of the FBI?
Biden could consider applying his own words on classified documents to this situation — he might also consider impeachable offenses
The New York Post not only provides us the words of Joe Biden regarding his opinion of classified documents taken by President Trump, but also a window into the payments made by the University of Pennsylvania to Joe Biden. Millions of the dollars to that university came from the Chinese Communist Party.
During a “60 Minutes” interview with Scott Pelley in September of last year, Biden ripped Trump as “totally irresponsible” for keeping classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago club and residence.
“When you saw the photograph of the top-secret documents laid out on the floor at Mar-a-Lago, what did you think to yourself? Looking at that image,” Pelley asked Biden.
“How that could possibly happen,” the president answered. “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 – et cetera. And it just – totally irresponsible.”
Federal authorities have recovered some 300 classified documents from the Trump presidency at Mar-a-Lago and other storage sites since January 2021, spurring a federal criminal investigation into violations by Trump and his associates of the Presidential Records Act.
The Penn Biden Center think tank was founded in 2018 and is affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania. The center purports to be “completely independent of the Biden administration.”
Biden earned nearly $1 million from the University of Pennsylvania to be an honorary professor from 2017 to 2019, despite appearing rarely at the Ivy League school.
The school has raked in millions in anonymous donations from China since putting Biden’s name on the think tank, including $15.8 million in Chinese gifts in 2017 and one staggering $14.5 million donation in May 2018, records show.
The University of Pennsylvania has received a total of $54.6 million in donations from China between 2014 and 2019, The Post reported in April of 2022.
(Read more at the New York Post)
The worst thing about all of this is that Democrats will condemn the nation to the rule of a tyrant rather than condemn one of their own
Recently, Leslie Stahl complained that Republicans were an “embarrassment to their party and an embarrassment to the nation” by participating in the Democratic process and debating the matters leading to the election of the Speaker of the House. For just a week, they debated. When it came to the autocratically-selected January 6 committee and the long period they spent on their hearings and findings, I don’t remember similar complaints from Stahl.
But she, as do most Democrats, detests the real democratic system.
Trump took documents as the chief executive in his case to prove deep state actions against Americans
The Business Insider shares Trump’s belief that the documents he saved would demonstrate the reach of the deep state into American life.
President Donald Trump pushed aides to preserve documents from the Russia investigation that he believed exonerated him, because he believed that Joe Biden would destroy them, Rolling Stone reported.
Trump told multiple people at the end of his presidency, including some who work in the White House, that he was worried that the incoming administration would destroy the papers, the report said.
He was afraid they would shred, bury, or destroy the documents, Rolling Stone reported.
Trump, the report said, believed the documents would reveal a so-called “Deep State” plot against him — a theory he and allies have regularly repeated, which claimed that people within the government were trying to frustrate him and his goals.
Biden took top secret documents while he was an underling without clearance and deposited them at a China-affiliated university
Even CNN lays out the top secret nature of the documents pushed away to the “think tank” at the CCP-supported University of Pennsylvania.
The classified materials included some top-secret files with the “sensitive compartmented information” designation, also known as SCI, which is used for highly sensitive information obtained from intelligence sources.
After the discovery, Biden’s lawyers immediately contacted the National Archives and Records Administration, which started looking into the matter, the source said. Biden’s team cooperated with NARA, which later came to view the situation as a mistake due to lack of safeguards for documents, the source said.
In November, NARA sent a referral to the Justice Department to look into the matter, a source with knowledge of the situation told CNN.
(Read more at CNN)
Odd how we can occasionally find truth even in CNN
It is not often, but sometimes truth does leak out in the oddest of places.
The unethical Department of “Justice” and the immoral Attorney General knew of these top secret documents before the 2022 midterms
The Washington Examiner quotes John Solomon as he outlines the ways the Dodgers of Justice (DOJ) and the top Biden government attorney have sullied their reputations again. (Bolding is mine for emphasis.)
Journalist John Solomon claimed that the delayed disclosure that classified documents were found in an office that used to be occupied by President Joe Biden has turned the political and legal tables on Biden, in an op-ed published Tuesday.
Solomon, the editor-in-chief and founder of Just The News, said that the classified documents that allegedly came from the Obama-Biden administration have raised “troubling new questions,” including whether there are additional documents missing from when Biden was the vice president, whether the delay in relaying the information to the public was for political reasons, and whether any foreign powers had access to the files.
At least 10 classified documents were discovered at an office in the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, D.C., in November. The office was used by Biden from 2017 until 2019, when he launched his presidential campaign.
Solomon additionally pointed out that United States Attorney General Merrick Garland knew of Biden’s documents before he announced the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate former President Donald Trump’s handling of the classified documents at Mar-a-Lago on Nov. 18. Garland and the Justice Department were informed of Biden’s documents on Nov. 2, 2022.
(Read more at the Washington Examiner)
As previously noted, Democrats like Garland have always put allegiance to tyrants over allegiance to the people. The actions of Garland noted above only prove it.
Since both Garland and the DOJ knew of Biden’s top secret documents on 2 November 2022, Garland should not have appointed a special prosecutor for the Trump case on 18 November 2022.
If the Department of “Justice” were anything more than an always-on-call legal team for Democrats, then there would have been large-scale resignations from this group of flacks when Garland called for a special prosecutor against Trump.
If Garland were anything but a ticked-off Democrat angling to get even for not getting onto the Supreme Court, he would have refused to come to President Dementia’s defense and would have hung him out to dry.
US intelligence materials related to Ukraine, Iran, and UK found in Biden’s private office
CNN explains how Ukraine and Iran again come to the center of another Biden scandal.
Among the items from Joe Biden’s time as vice president discovered in a private office last fall are 10 classified documents including US intelligence memos and briefing materials that covered topics including Ukraine, Iran and the United Kingdom, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has received a preliminary report on the documents inquiry, a law enforcement source said, and now faces the critical decision on how to proceed, including whether to open a full-blown criminal investigation.
The documents were discovered on November 2, just six days before the midterm elections, but the matter only became public Monday due to news reports.
(Read more at the CNN)
Memory-challenged Democrats: What might Biden hide regarding Ukraine and Iran?
What little bits of information might Biden want to lay out in an unguarded office for Chinese or other agents to stumble across when it comes to top-secret files with the “sensitive compartmented information” designation concerning Iran and Ukraine?
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