🇺🇸 Biden’s Binders

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📉 January 11, 2023: President Biden Job Approval: Approve 47, Disapprove 51 (Rasmussen Reports)

📉 January 9, 2023: President Biden Job Approval: Approve 49, Disapprove 51 (IBD/TIPP)

📉 January 5, 2023: President Biden Job Approval: Approve 43, Disapprove 55 (Politico/Morning Consult)

📉 January 5, 2023: Direction of Country: Right Direction 31, Wrong Track 69 (Politico/Morning Consult)


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Biden's Binders

On Monday, President Joe Biden’s attorneys confirmed they had discovered classified documents from his time as vice president, stored at a private office he used in Washington, DC. Those documents were reportedly turned over to the National Archives in November of last year.

Reporting from the Right: Biden 'surprised' to learn of classified docs at Penn think tank: 'I don't know' what's in them (Fox News)

Reporting from the Left: House Oversight Committee to investigate Biden documents marked classified (CBS News)

From The Flag: This past summer, the DOJ conducted a raid at former President Trump’s South Florida home, after classified documents were discovered there. With a special counsel probing that situation, many have called for a similar inquiry regarding these documents. Here’s more from both sides.


LEFT-LEANING SENTIMENT

Biden’s Case Is Much Different, In Scope and Intent

  • Given the scrutiny Trump is facing over classified documents, Biden must also answer questions – all while conservative media has a field day.
  • Biden had a handful of documents improperly stored in what amounts to an oversight, while Trump’s case suggests intentional misconduct.
  • President Biden turned over the documents without being asked to do so, while Trump repeatedly refused such requests.

“Biden Document Revelations Are a Gift for Trump” Stephen Collinson, CNN: “Fairness and respect for the law dictate that Biden should answer many of the same questions that Trump is facing, regarding whether he was entitled to the records, why they were not previously turned over, whether they were securely stored and how they ended up in his office in the first place. Critics will also wonder why Biden didn’t immediately disclose the discovery of less than a dozen documents last fall to the public, given the huge sensitivity of the Justice Department probe of Trump on a similar question. And the president will be sure to face accusations of hypocrisy given his sharp criticisms that Trump did not take the proper steps to secure classified documents at Mar-a-Lago. Still, even if there are adequate answers to these issues, any distinctions in the severity of the Biden and Trump documents will be obliterated… with conservative media likely to draw false equivalencies between the two cases.”

“In the case of the classified documents, it’s more serious for Trump than Biden” Hugo Lowell, The Guardian: “Donald Trump’s retention of documents marked classified at his Mar-a-Lago resort has aggravating factors that might support his criminal prosecution unlike the discovery of some documents also marked classified stored at Joe Biden’s former institute from his time as vice-president, legal experts said. … The criminal investigation into Trump touches on at least two of those elements – obstruction, where a person conceals documents with an intent to impede a government agency, and the volume of classified materials at Mar-a-Lago – unlike the Biden case, which appears to touch on none. … The Trump documents case also significantly differs from the Biden documents case over the sheer quantity and scattered nature of classified materials that were potentially exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct, the legal experts noted.”

One more opinion piece from the Left: Biden isn’t on the same legal planet as Trump when it comes to classified docs Jordan Rubin, MSNBC Opinion


RIGHT-LEANING SENTIMENT

How Convenient: As Biden Bungles, The Trump Witch Hunt Tumbles

  • It’s not immediately clear if President Biden ought to be prosecuted regarding these documents, but it does make the case against Trump much murkier.
  • The think tank where these documents were discovered received donations from individuals who appear connected to the CCP.
  • Biden wasn’t even president when he allegedly mishandled these documents, yet the politicized DOJ will oversee an investigation, rather than outside counsel.

“Biden’s Classified Document Stash” Editorial Board, Wall Street Journal: “Whatever gods are scripting America’s political drama these days, they sure do have a sense of humor. … Not even George Santos could make up this plot twist. The documents discovered in Mr. Biden’s possession include ‘intelligence memos and briefing materials that covered topics including Ukraine, Iran and the United Kingdom,’ CNN reports. … Mr. Biden as Vice President had no authority to declassify documents on his own, unlike the President. He also isn’t covered by the Presidential Records Act provision that gives former Presidents access to documents from their presidential years in cooperation with the National Archives. … None of this is to say that Mr. Biden should be prosecuted, despite the Justice Department investigation. But it is a sauce for the gander political moment, and it certainly does bear on whether Justice can fairly prosecute Mr. Trump for similar mishandling.”

“Biden’s ‘think tank’ received $54.6 million from anonymous Chinese donors” Rajan Laad, American Thinker: “Almost every media pundit focused on the mishandling of classified information, but there was another shocking revelation in this story that went largely ignored. It began with the astounding disclosure that Joe Biden, who is among the least thoughtful men in the US, founded and runs a think tank. … Well… the primary purpose of the ‘think tank’ was exposed by Breitbart News, citing the New York Post. … (Chinese Communist Party) linked individuals or entities donated more than $54 million to the group between 2014 and 2019. … among the donors was real estate developer Xu Xeuqing who generously donated $3 million to Biden’s ‘think tank.' In 2011, Xu faced corruption allegations in China; however he wasn’t charged with a crime, which experts suggest is proof of his close relationship with the CCP.”

One more opinion piece from the Right: Where's the DOJ Special Counsel for Biden? Katie Pavlich, Townhall


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Snowden Speaks Out – How Should Classified Document Rules Be Enforced?

Edward Snowden, the former NSA employee and subcontractor accused of leaking state secrets in 2013, has chimed in on the classified documents issue.

On Twitter, he said Hillary Clinton, former President Trump, and President Biden have violated rules regarding such documents.

He suggested the system ought to be questioned, adding it protects elites who commit violations, while punishing lesser known offenders.


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