Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., chairman of the House Oversight Committee, told reporters Monday night that the handling of the discovery of classified documents by President Joe Biden’s lawyers that were taken from the White House six years ago is a display of a “two-tier” system of justice.
On Monday, Fox News confirmed that a batch of records from Biden’s time as vice president, including a “small number of documents with classified markings,” were discovered at the Penn Biden Center by the president’s personal attorneys on Nov. 2, according to Richard Saubel, special counsel to the White House.
The attorneys found the documents in a locked closet while preparing to vacate office space at the center, which the president used from mid-2017 until he began the 2020 campaign.
“President Biden has stated that taking classified documents from the White House is ‘irresponsible,’” Comer said in a statement. “Under the Biden Administration, the Department of Justice and National Archives have made compliance with the Presidential Records Act a top priority.”
“We expect the same treatment for President Biden, who has apparently inappropriately maintained classified documents in an insecure setting for several years,” Comer added.
Trumps failure to fully comply with the July subpoena can definitely be used to support criminal liability under willful retention of government property and classified documents.
If you look up the search warrant from the August execution of the warrant, you can find the federal statutes on which the warrant was based. One of them has to do will willful retention and failure to turn over the items (which were government property) upon demand. Failure to comply with the search warrant is supporting evidence of that willful intent.
I once heard of a guy being subpoenaed to testify about something and I don’t think he got 30years in prison or whatever when he refused.
Point being the Trump case is nothing less than law enforcement sifting through the law tor try to find something to prosecuted the political opponents of the stiing regime. It is political persecution. It is Bruma stuff. Banana Republic stuff.
I have a low opinion of Donald Trump but when I worked with Amnesty International. agreeing with a person politics was not a requirement for us to point our an obvious injustice.
I’ve been wondering about that too - and with the trump thing. How does it work? How does the archive know what it will receive? How does it know what it doesn’t have?
I could see some documents that are part of every administrations business…call and visitor logs, and stuff like that, where you would know what to expect. And publicly discussed things like the love letters, but there must be thousands of documents they don’t know about until they have them.
Maybe agencies or beuracrats need to access some things in the course of business, and they notify the archive that they are not there?
It’s not the subpoena for which he could be prosecuted, it’s the willful retention of government property and national defense information that will be the charge. Failure to comply with the subpoena will be part of the supporting evidence.
If when I retired from the military had taken tens of thousands and hundreds of classified document home with me and refused to surrender them when instructed, I’d be facing decades in prison for the crime.
The FPOTUS being held to the same standard and refusing to surrender them isn’t Banana Republic stuff, it’s the law.