COLLINS: Time to Talk About Those Classified Documents Again

by | Jun 10, 2024 | Opinion

This is Part III of a three part series, “To Scam or Not To Scam”. Read Part II here.

The discovery of classified documents at President Joe Biden’s Delaware home and former office has drawn sharp criticism and comparisons to the case involving former President Donald Trump. The situations highlight significant discrepancies in how the two cases have been handled by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and law enforcement.

Biden’s Classified Documents

In January 2023, President Biden’s personal attorneys found a batch of classified documents in the garage of his Wilmington, Delaware, home, alongside his Corvette. Additional documents were discovered in a room adjacent to the garage, described as Biden’s private library. These documents date back to his time as vice president and, in some cases, as far back as his Senate years, which were not initially disclosed to the public until later searches revealed their presence.

Despite these documents being improperly stored, Biden’s legal team has maintained that the documents were “inadvertently misplaced” and has cooperated fully with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the National Archives. The FBI conducted searches of Biden’s Wilmington home and Rehoboth Beach property, taking several documents and handwritten notes for further review​ (PolitiFact)​​ (POLITICO)​.

Biden’s legal team has maintained that the documents were “inadvertently misplaced” and has cooperated fully with the DOJ. This cooperation included consenting to searches and promptly notifying authorities upon discovery of the documents. The handling of Biden’s case has been somewhat lenient, with no charges filed against him despite criticisms regarding his practices in managing classified materials​ (PolitiFact)​​ (POLITICO)​.

Trump’s Classified Documents:

In contrast, former President Trump faced a more aggressive approach. In August 2022, the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, where they found numerous classified documents. Trump’s team had been in negotiations with the National Archives and the DOJ over these documents, and Trump claimed they were secured in a locked storage room under Secret Service protection. Despite these claims, the DOJ pursued a criminal investigation, ultimately leading to charges against Trump for mishandling classified information​ (POLITICO)​​.

DOJ and Prosecution Discrepancies

Critics argue that the DOJ’s handling of these cases reveals a double standard. They claim that Trump was subjected to a more rigorous investigation and immediate legal action, whereas Biden has faced comparatively lenient scrutiny despite similar allegations. Notably, the appointment of special counsels to investigate both cases has led to vastly different outcomes: Trump faced a raid and subsequent indictment, while Biden has not been charged.

Additionally, allegations have surfaced suggesting that the DOJ might have tampered with evidence to build a stronger case against Trump. This includes claims from Trump’s legal team that the prosecution selectively presented evidence and ignored exculpatory information. Such actions have fueled accusations of political bias within the DOJ, especially considering reports that DOJ officials met with members of the Biden administration during the investigation period​ (PolitiFact)​​ (POLITICO)​.

Conclusion

The divergent treatments of Biden and Trump in their respective classified documents cases highlight significant concerns about impartiality and fairness in the justice system. The contrasting approaches by the DOJ have prompted calls for more consistent and transparent handling of such sensitive matters, regardless of the individuals involved.

In the ongoing debate over the handling of classified documents by President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, stark contrasts have emerged, highlighting potential double standards and raising questions about the integrity of the prosecution.

Joe E Collins 3

U.S. Navy Veteran

Former Congressional Candidate

AMP America

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