The ongoing search for secret materials in the custody of Vice President Joe Biden has yielded further written information and already produced a report about the seized items. CNN said that the newest search was done over a 12-hour period on Friday with the agreement of the president’s counsel, in contrast to the raid on the previous president’s house. In contrast to Trump’s case, several records dating back to Biden’s time as vice president and senator without the clearance of a serving president have been discovered.
Other former Democratic presidents are ready to publish statements assuring the public that they have adhered to document-related protocol.
Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, both Democrats, have said publicly that they gave over all classified materials to the National Archives and Records Administration upon leaving office. “Consistent with the Presidential Records Act, all of President Obama’s classified records were submitted to the National Archives upon leaving office. NARA continues to assume physical and legal custody of President Obama’s materials to date,” Obama’s office said in an email, and “All of President Clinton’s classified materials were properly turned over to NARA in accordance with the Presidential Records Act,” a Clinton spokesperson told Fox News.
The current investigation of Biden’s residence yielded new items, namely several personal notes. According to people familiar with the investigation, NBC News reported that FBI officials also seized many notebooks written by President Joe Biden during his term as vice president from his house in Wilmington, Delaware.
“DOJ took possession of materials it deemed within the scope of its inquiry, including six items consisting of documents with classification markings and surrounding materials, some of which were from the President’s service in the Senate and some of which were from his tenure as Vice President. DOJ also took for further review personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years,” the president’s personal attorney said.
According to a story published by Conservative Brief on Saturday, Biden’s issues with the Justice Department regarding the holding of sensitive materials appear to be more extensive than previously thought.
“The notebooks were seized because Biden’s notes on some of the pages relate to his official business as vice president, including details of his diplomatic engagements during the Obama administration, and may refer to classified information, this same person said, adding that the notebooks do not have classified markings on them, but some of the handwritten notes inside them could be considered as such given their sensitive content,” the report said.
“Other pages in the notebooks, while they may not contain potentially classified information, could still be considered government property under the Presidential Records Act because they pertain to official business Biden conducted as vice president, according to the person familiar with the investigation,” the report continued.
“The notebooks include a mix of handwritten notes from Biden on various topics, both personal and official, according to the person familiar with the seizure. On some pages, Biden wrote down things about his family or his life unrelated to public office, said this same person. On other pages, he memorialized in writing some of his experiences or thoughts as vice president at the time, according to this same source,” NBC News noted. A source told the outlet that Biden kept a large number of notebooks but it isn’t clear how many were confiscated by FBI agents.
The report added:
Biden’s possession of notebooks from his time as vice president that include notes about official business he conducted in that role raises questions about whether he appropriately followed procedures for preserving presidential records. It also raises questions about whether the notebooks are considered personal or official, and how other vice presidents and presidents who kept similar notebooks while in office have handled theirs.
Federal law allows presidents and vice presidents to write and, upon leaving office, keep diaries and notes of a “personal” nature, so long as they hadn’t shared the material with anyone in the time they held office.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
During the process of searching Biden’s home and offices for documents, it has been stated that the U.S. Secret Service apparently does not have any visitor logs from Biden’s Delaware home. The lack of transparency about the logs has given rise to questions as to why this would be so. CONTINUE READING…