Special Counsel Robert Hur’s report, which revealed a serious decline in President Joe Biden’s mental acuity, also details how Biden’s mishandling of the nation’s highest classified information appears to predate the investigation by several years , Biden having apparently misplaced a very sensitive secret (TS -SCI) while on vacation in the Hamptons as early as 2010, his lawyer being forced to review with him how to handle classified documents. The special prosecutor shockingly concluded that he was “unable to determine” whether the documents had already been recovered..
Special Prosecutor Hur’s investigation found that Biden had a history of mishandling classified materials, dating back to at least 2010, when he misplaced a highly sensitive briefing notebook in the Hamptons, demonstrating a pattern of carelessness with classified documents, contrary to its public position on the documents responsible. handling.
While highlighting evidence of “willful” mishandling of classified documents by America’s longest-serving president, Hur’s report details Biden’s significant cognitive decline – perhaps more politically damning than his handling of classified documents.
The report, released Thursday, concludes that prosecution is unlikely because of the difficulty of proving deliberate intent beyond a reasonable doubt and Biden’s sympathetic public image.
A key insight into the report appears in the third chapter, which discusses the handling of classified information in the vice president’s office, and efforts to recover and track classified material.
According to the report, early in Biden’s vice presidency, his first lawyer, Cynthia Hogan, directed her personal assistant to ensure that all classified documents received by Biden were returned to the executive secretary’s team, advising against to store classified documents in the West. Wing Office and insisting on the immediate delivery of these documents.
It also notes that the team responsible for handling classified materials often had difficulty retrieving Biden’s briefing notebooks on a daily basis because he sometimes kept them for personal reference or had not finished reviewing them, and, occasionally, also removed documents from books before returning them. .
Hur referenced an incident more than a decade ago in which Biden apparently lost a highly sensitive “Top Secret” briefing notebook in the Hamptons, highlighting the document’s high security classification, which ranks among the highest levels of government sensitivity:
In 2010, the executive secretary’s team raised concerns about the number of classified information files that Mr. Biden had not returned and that, even when they were returned, some of the contents missing. These concerns were raised with Hogan as well as Mr. Biden’s personal assistant and military aides. The emails indicate that the executive secretary’s team alerted Hogan to the problem at least in June 2010, when nearly thirty of the classified information files from the first six months of 2010 were outstanding, and in August 2010, when Mr. Biden failed to return the contents of sensitive, top-secret compartmentalized information (also known as a “code word”) from a classified briefing notebook he received during a trip in the Hamptons, New York. We have not been able to determine if these materials have already been recoveredalthough they were likely found and disposed of by military aides or enlisted naval aides (emphasis added).
It further notes that days after the disappearance of the highly sensitive “password” book, Hogan wrote a memo to brief Biden on the proper handling of classified material, which included the following discussion points:
“Classified information of any kind may only be examined or discussed in secure locations, and never in a public place such as on a train.”
“(Classified briefing) books must remain in your custody, or that of your authorized personnel, at all times unless they are in your safe. Classified documents must be returned to your national security personnel as soon as you are finished with them.
“Classified documents may never be left unattended, but must be kept in an appropriate safe or transferred to a person authorized to carry them in an appropriate locked bag when not in your personal custody. »
“To the extent possible, classified documents should remain on the White House complex…. If you need to receive classified documents while you are at your residence at NAVOBS or in Delaware, military aides will bring them to you and then wait to pick them up when you are finished so they can be safely stored.
Although Hogan didn’t remember the meeting during her interview, she acknowledged his handwritten talking points about “best practices” and even received an email afterward thanking her for the “safety briefing.”
According to the report, Hogan viewed his memo on handling classified information as describing “best practices” rather than legal requirements, consistent with the executive order that does not apply to a sitting vice president, further noting that Biden and his team “did not follow Hogan’s advice to the letter.”
Ironically, it is Biden himself in 2022 who attack Former President Donald Trump was accused of mishandling classified materials at Mar-a-Lago, saying he was amazed at “how this could happen” or “how anyone could be so irresponsible.”
In September, Joe Biden was questioned about classified Mar-a-Lago documents.
He said he didn’t know “how anyone could be so irresponsible” and wondered “what data did it contain that could compromise the sources and methods?” pic.twitter.com/jvw8FcBZZj
– Jake Schneider (@jacobkschneider) January 10, 2023
Biden’s statement came four months before CBS News reported that a Biden think tank kept ten classified documents at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington.