After the Democratic Party's better-than-expected performance in the midterm elections, US political observers widely believe that Joe Biden (Joe Biden) will decide to run for re-election, despite concerns about his age of 80.
Unexpectedly, as soon as we entered 2023, the American media revealed that as early as a week before the midterm election, Biden's personal lawyer found the Obama-era confidential documents that should have been handed over to the U.S. Archives in his office at the University of Pennsylvania. Deng, like Trump, has been caught up in the political and legal turmoil of illegally taking classified files.
Although Biden's lawyer voluntarily handed over the confidential documents, it is not the same as Trump's refusal to hand over the documents, asking the federal government to issue a subpoena through the judiciary and then being searched by the FBI with a court search warrant. But in the eyes of the general public, Biden, who has publicly criticized Trump for mishandling secrets, can be regarded as "fifty steps to laugh at a hundred steps." The treatment is a "double standard".
People are also concerned about whether Biden deliberately concealed events before the midterm elections so as not to affect the election.
Homemade "squeezing toothpaste" plot
"Squeezing toothpaste" is often the usual way of scandalously attacking political opponents.
But Biden's "archive door" is a homemade toothpaste-squeezing plot.
First, some media broke the news on January 9 that the university office had found confidential documents, which forced the White House to admit it.
Two days later, the media revealed that another batch of confidential documents had actually been found in the garage of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, and they also voluntarily handed them back as before, but Biden did not do so as soon as possible. explain.
When people wondered why Biden didn't tell the whole story early, Biden's special lawyer publicly stated on the 14th that another 5 pages of confidential documents were found in the study of Wellington's residence.
Trump, who has announced his participation in the 2024 presidential election, has repeatedly hyped Biden's "dossier gate" on his social media Truth Social.
The whole process was like squeezing toothpaste, making the "archive door" that could have been quickly terminated worse and worse, and continued to attract the attention of the American media.
People are also beginning to question the ability of Biden's subordinates: Why hasn't there been a thorough search after two months? Are there any other classified documents?
In order to show fairness, Attorney General Merrick Garland had no choice but to appoint a special prosecutor to deal with Biden's "dossier" just like the Trump case.
In order to show that he is different from Trump, Biden also took the initiative to invite FBI personnel to conduct a 13-hour search of his Wilmington home on January 19 without a search warrant.
Unfortunately, the FBI agents found more files with classified labels in his home.
This "proactive attack" failed to return Biden's "innocence", and it aroused even greater doubts among the public. All kinds of doubts also provided a lot of material for various right-wing conspiracy theories against Biden on the Internet.
House Republicans join investigation
After the Republicans regained the House of Representatives this year, many Republican lawmakers have already sharpened their knives, preparing to mobilize congressional investigative powers to attack Biden.
Under pressure from extremists, Republicans have already added a commission to investigate the "weaponization" of the federal government.
In addition, many congressmen are also preparing to set their sights on Hunter Biden, the youngest son of Biden.
Unexpectedly, Biden himself first provided ammunition for the Republican Party.
The right-wing "Fox News" (Fox News) even linked the existence of classified documents to Hunter, who was accused of selling political influence to foreign countries.
The Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee (Oversight and Accountability Committee) James Comer has launched an investigation into Biden's "dossier".
When asked why Republicans were only investigating Biden and not Trump, Comer said he was most concerned about the differential treatment of Trump and Biden.
When the Democrats worried that Biden, who was seeking re-election, would be caught in endless storms of congressional investigations in the next two years, the media revealed on January 24 that Trump's former vice president Pence (Mike Pence) also had Unlawful removal of confidential documents.
After Biden's "file door" was exploded, Pence took the initiative to find a lawyer to search his Indiana residence and found a small amount of confidential documents, which were eventually taken away by FBI personnel.
Pence "saved" Biden?
Similar to Biden, who previously criticized Trump for mishandling classified documents, Pence also publicly stated in November last year that he did not take away any classified documents. Pu draws the line.
Pence’s “Dossier Gate” case is similar to Biden’s “Dossier Gate” case: the two also illegally took away confidential documents as the “former vice president”; the two also found the documents under active search and returned them voluntarily federal government.
If the Biden case deserves a special counsel from the Justice Department, so does the Pence case.
But Garland has yet to take further action on this.
Former U.S. Vice President Pence is also one of the figures who may run for president in 2024.
Pence's "archive door" can be regarded as Biden's "timely rain".
First of all, when Pence was also recruited, it was really difficult for Republicans in the House of Representatives to only check Biden and not Pence.
At the same time, Pence's treatment is comparable to that of Biden, which proves that Biden's Democratic government did not deliberately target the Republican Party. The scene of the door-to-door search of his Mar-a-Lago estate.
What is even more intriguing is that when other former high-ranking federal officials also began to take the initiative to find out whether they had violated the rules, there may be a series of "file gates" breaking out one by one in the future, which will "normalize" the illegal taking of confidential files.
The focus will also turn to regulations on how to deal with classified records, rather than individual "Dossiergate" scandals.
At present, some "greedy" Democrats are still worried that the public will not see clearly the difference between Biden's "dossier gate" and Trump's "dossier gate", which will cause the Department of Justice to be afraid to do so due to political perception considerations. Take judicial action against Trump.
But in fact, illegally handling classified documents to prevent "Trump's return" is a very low-level means, but it may help Trump lay out the story of his "political persecution".
This time, Biden's "file gate" actually made it more difficult for the Democratic government to pursue Trump, which can also be regarded as a kind of "a blessing in disguise".
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