In an unfolding saga around classified document handling by top leaders, President Joe Biden now finds himself in the midst of negotiations over a potential interview with special counsel Robert Hur.
The heart of the issue? Biden reportedly kept classified materials—pertaining to his tenure as both a senator and vice president—in his Delaware residence and at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Biden Center. The presence of these classified documents at these locations, long after his departure from said offices and prior to his presidency, has raised eyebrows on both sides of the aisle.
This probe into Biden’s actions follows in the footsteps of another significant investigation: the discovery of classified documents at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, for which Trump now faces a series of charges. Moreover, classified documents were unearthed at the Indiana residence of former Vice President Mike Pence, although no investigations into Pence have been announced.
The gravity of the Biden situation is palpable. Among the discovered documents were up to 30 classified materials, some of which held the highest classification level — Top Secret//Sensitive Compartment Information (TS//SCI). Alarmingly, these documents, including intelligence briefs concerning foreign adversaries, landed in the hands of Biden’s personal attorneys, who lacked the security clearances required to view them.
In a candid reflection of the broader scenario, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio remarked, “I don’t know what the hell is going on around here. It’s the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen. Clearly, at the executive branch, they’re just packing boxes.”
A curious tidbit? Some of the classified documents at Biden’s Delaware home were discovered adjacent to his beloved Chevrolet Corvette in his garage.
Following these revelations, Attorney General Merrick Garland saw it fit to assign Hur as a special counsel to spearhead the Biden investigation.
For some context, the mishandling of classified information isn’t an isolated incident in the current administration. Rob Malley, Biden’s special envoy for Iran, has been on unpaid suspension since late June due to alleged mismanagement of classified intel, resulting in his security clearance’s revocation.
While the House Judiciary Committee conducts its own investigation, details about Biden’s potential interview are still up in the air, with no consensus on the date, venue, or parameters.
Historically, U.S. presidents have rarely given in-person testimonies regarding criminal matters. Former President Trump, for instance, provided only written responses during the 2016 election interference investigation led by special counsel Robert Muller.
As this story unfolds, it’s a stark reminder that irrespective of political affiliation, transparency, accountability, and strict adherence to the country’s security protocols remain paramount.