“Documents with classified markings were found inside an institution at which President Joe Biden worked before he took office,” The Epoch Times reports. Biden’s lawyer Richard Sauber found the documents at the Penn Biden Center last November 2, but did not disclose the finding until January 9, 2023.
Donald Trump and assorted Republicans wondered when the FBI would raid the home of Joe Biden and institutions where the Delaware Democrat stored government documents. A search could start with Biden’s Senate papers, now locked up at the University of Delaware.
In 2010, as Fox News reports, vice-president Biden expressed concern that “political sensitivities” could arise from releasing the papers. Biden associate counsel Katherine Oyama emailed Hunter Biden’s longtime business partner Eric Schwerin that the vice president and the White House “will have strong views on some of these items, especially those related to the timing and scope of any public release.” Similar concerns arose in the spring of 2020.
After Tara Reade accused Biden of sexual assault, the Delaware Democrat made a public request for a search of Senate records from 1993 for the alleged complaint. Senate secretary Julie Adams proclaimed that “disclosing the existence of such specific records would amount to a prohibited disclosure under the Government Employee Rights Act of 1991. Furthermore, we are not aware of any exceptions in law authorizing our office to disclose any such records that do exist, if any, even to original participants in a matter.”
Biden initially claimed his Senate papers would lead to deeper understanding and UD officials said the materials would illuminate decades of U.S policy and diplomacy and the vice president’s critical role in its development. That all changed after Reade came forward.
Biden told reporters the papers were irrelevant to her accusation, and the files were closed to the public without “express consent” from Biden. The University of Delaware claimed a provision in state law exempts the school from requests not related to “public funds.” The records had not been digitized, UD bosses claimed, so there was no way to search the archive.
Joe Biden’s Senate records were supposed to be available to the public two years after Biden’s last day in elected office. That changed in April, 2019, when the serial plagiarist once again threw his hat in the ring for president. The UD quickly changed the release to the end of 2019 or two years after Biden retired from public life.
Biden claimed the materials could be “taken out of context” or used as “fodder” against his run for president. The documents remained inaccessible, even in the face of FOIA requests. Those looking into the matter might also consider the case of Hillary Clinton.
The former First Lady and Secretary of State kept reams of sensitive data on an unsecured home-brew server. When some 30,000 Clinton emails sparked interest, she bleached the server clean and smashed up phones and other devices. Clinton’s actions violated several statutes but the FBI never conducted a surprise raid in the style of their action against Donald Trump and his associates.
FBI boss James Comey, a longtime Clinton crony, contended that no reasonable prosecutor would pursue the case against Hillary Clinton. None did, and the former First Lady may have been drawing on the experience of Samuel “Sandy” Berger, a Harvard law alum and McGovern speechwriter in 1972.
Bill and Hillary made Berger deputy national security advisor under Anthony Lake. In that role, Berger was unable to prevent terrorist attacks on U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, but he did gain fame on the home front.
As a representative to the 9/11 Commission, Berger had special access to the Clinton records on terrorism. In 2004, several months before his testimony, Berger entered the National Archivers, stuffed documents into his pants and socks, stashed the material on a construction site then returned to retrieve it. This was a serious crime but Berger cut a deal with the DOJ to stay out of jail, pay a $50,000 fine, and avoid a full explanation of what he had ripped off.
As The Rule of Law in America author Ronald A. Cass noted in 2007, the DC Bar began to probe what Berger had stolen and why he stole it. The DOJ failed to pursue the case and no word of any raids or sudden actions by the FBI, which had problems of its own.
Detailed to the Office of Foreign Missions and the Department of State, FBI counterintelligence agent Robert Hanssen had full access to the FBI’s Automated Case Support (ACS) system and the State Department’s computer systems. From these sources, Hanssen provided classified information to the USSR and Russia, for some 15 years, almost as long as the 17 years it took the FBI to catch Unabomber Ted Kaczynski.
Since Hanssen remained undetected for so long, it is possible someone in the FBI or DOJ was protecting him. After Hanssen’s arrest in 2001, the FBI failed to reveal which official assigned him to the State Department, the prime target for foreign agents going back to the days of Alger Hiss. The best source would be Hanssen himself, and he’s available.
The FBI spy is serving 15 consecutive life sentences at a maximum security federal prison in Colorado. Hanssen is 78 and has absolutely nothing to lose. The new Congress should summon him to testify in full view of the cameras. Hanssen’s testimony could prove enlightening about classified material, espionage, and the FBI itself.
Eager to raid the residence of Donald Trump, the FBI seems uninterested in actual classified information harbored by Joe Biden and Hillary Clinton. Congress should look into it, and in the process tie up some loose ends.
Clinton National Security Advisor Anthony Lake failed to become CIA director partly because he thought Stalinist spy Alger Hiss might be innocent. On the other hand, in 1976 college student John Brennan voted for the Stalinist Gus Hall, candidate of the Communist Party USA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Soviet Union. Brennan was not only hired by the CIA but ran the entire agency from 2013 to 2017.
John Brennan was also one of 51 intel vets who called the Hunter Biden laptop story “Russian disinformation,” which Brennan and the others knew was untrue. This bunch should be called to testify, along with FBI bosses Comey and Wray. What did they know, when did they know it, and what did they do about it?
Congress has much ground to cover. Let the revelations begin, and in the meantime take good care of Robert Hanssen. As the Jeffrey Epstein case shows, strange things can happen to key witnesses, even in prison cells.