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January 23, 2023

Look What Joe Biden Was Doing About Classified Docs Decades Ago

President Joe Biden has a history of coming down hard on White House nominated individuals who have mishandled classified documents.

Decades later, Biden, the president himself, is neck-deep in scandal over a stash of classified documents in his own possession.

"Biden, embattled in controversy stemming from his handling of classified documents, had previously tanked former President Jimmy Carter’s nomination for CIA director over his alleged mishandling of classified documents while Biden served in the U.S. Senate" reports Breitbart.

In 1977, Carter nominated Ted Sorensen to lead the CIA.

Biden Caught

Fox News reports:

Sorenson [sic] had admitted to taking boxes of classified records home with him after leaving the White House in 1964, and using the materials for his work in writing a biography of former President John F. Kennedy. Sorenson’s admission to this came in affidavits used in cases involving the Pentagon Papers.

At the time, Biden considered the affidavit and joined with Republicans to block Sorenson from being confirmed by the Senate. Biden also suggested Sorenson may have violated the Espionage Act.

Then-Sen. Biden claimed the "real issue" during Sorensen’s confirmation hearing was "whether Mr. Sorensen intentionally took advantage of ambiguities in the law, or carelessly ignored the law."

"If he did so, can he now bring the activities of the intelligence community within the strict limits of the law?" asked Biden. "We will expect that in the future of intelligence agencies. If that is to be the case, then we must hold the Director — DCI — accountable as well."

Sorensen defended his handling of the classified documents, but Carter decided to withdrawal his nomination.

According to a 1977 Washington Post report, Sorensen said his "handling of classified information was at all times in accordance with the then-existing laws, regulations and practices."

What a tangled web we weave. Now, Biden has been reminded of his efforts to tank Sorensen's nomination as he finds himself neck-deep in scandal for his own hidden stashes of classified government documents.

Multiple groupings of classified documents were found in two separate locations. The Penn Biden Center in Washington, DC, and the garage of Biden's Wilmington, DE, home.

"Attorney General Merrick Garland recently appointed a special counsel to investigate Biden’s handling of classified government documents," according to Breitbart News.

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Source: Breitbart

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