by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The internet posters are making hay of the news that Joe Biden had classified documents, obtained when he was vice president and some labeled top secret, stored insecurely in his office at the Penn Center at the University of Pennsylvania (funded by the Chinese government), in his home in Delaware, and in his garage at the home where Hunter had resided for some time.
I don’t know which post is my favorite but this one by David Burge (Iowahawk) certainly makes my list:
“Just got a smokin’ deal on a hot rod project from Craigslist, plus it had some free nuclear codes in the glove box.” …
… The documents reportedly were discovered by lawyers working for Biden — some of them found before the midterms when Biden tut-tutted about whatever was found during the Mar-a-Lago raid on Trump’s home. But the discovery was kept silent until now. Ostensibly the Mar-a-Lago raid was to discover if any documents marked “classified” — all of which Trump said he declassified while president and entitled to do so — were outside the sealed room under Secret Service guard — you know, like in Melania’s underwear drawers which the FBI rummaged through. A raid which was purportedly initiated after a complaint from the National Archives archivist. Biden claimed at the time he had no advance notice that the FBI (read Attorney General Garland and FBI Director Chris Wray) had ordered such a raid. I doubt he’d remember if he had been told. In any event, he placed the onus on others. He used the raid to excoriate Trump. …
… Biden also claimed he did not know he had those classified documents. Again, given his obvious cognitive decline it may seem plausible to some, though his penchant for lying must be weighed, too, when deciding if this defense is credible. Credible or not, it is not a legal defense for mishandling classified material.