When Joe Biden was serving as Barack Obama’s vice president, he stole classified documents and hid them in the closet of his private, unsecured office closet at the University of Pennsylvania. This story couldn’t get any funnier even if Biden had somehow hacked the classified documents off of Hillary Clinton’s illegal server, where she also mishandled classified documents. Hey, wait a second! Isn’t mishandling classified documents a death-penalty treason crime?
Yes. As a matter of fact, between late August and early November last year, right after the FBI illegally raided Mar-a-Lago, I was reliably informed by every single person in Washington, DC and the media that mishandling classified documents is a death-penalty treason crime. But apparently there’s a caveat to this death-penalty treason crime.
It’s only a death-penalty treason crime if Donald Trump does it. If any Democrat mishandles classified documents, it’s never a big deal, even if the documents are an order of magnitude more serious than Trump’s knickknacks and memorabilia from the White House.
Here are some examples of when Democrats mishandled classified documents, and it did not qualify as treason.
When Bill Clinton’s former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger was about to testify before the 9/11 Commission in 2003, he went to the National Archives. Berger took classified documents that were somehow related to the 9/11 attacks, stuffed them down his pants, stole them from the National Archives, and burned them. He made four trips like this to the National Archives, to make sure that he destroyed every copy of whatever it was that he was covering up for the Clintons.
See, that was not treason. Berger served two years’ probation for that.
When Hillary Clinton served as Barack Obama’s Secretary of State from 2009 through 2013, she set up an illegal homebrew server in a bathroom closet at her house in Chappaquiddick. Every email from Hillary’s time as Secretary of State was kept on that unsecured server, and most of the emails were classified.
Want to know some classified information?
The group Hezbollah has Islamic terrorist training camps in Cuba, just 90 miles off the coast of Florida. How do I know this? Because a Romanian teenager hacked Hillary Clinton’s unsecured server and posted everything online.
While Hillary Clinton was serving as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013, a fellow by the name of James Comey was serving as the lead counsel for weapons contractor Lockheed Martin. Mr. Comey made a fortune doing this. He became personally wealthy after negotiating weapons contracts between his employer and the Hillary-run State Department.
In 2013, Barack Obama appointed James Comey to replace Robert Mueller as FBI Director. Comey was on the case! After what we’re sure was an exhaustive investigation, Comey – who, again, was personally rich because of Hillary Clinton – determined that “no reasonable prosecutor” would pursue a case against Hillary for mishandling classified documents.
Both George W. Bush and Barack Obama took millions of pages worth of classified documents with them when they left the White House. If the National Archives raised any sort of a fuss about any of the documents, Bush and Obama just shrugged it off. Presidents have maximum authority to declassify any document, and there’s no crime for them having the documents on their property, no matter what their intent is with those documents. This was not death-penalty treason.
But when Donald Trump took “classified documents” from during his presidency, it was definitely death-penalty treason. Those documents were totally not declassified by Trump, no matter how many witnesses testify otherwise. Trump of course kept most of those documents – which really were memorabilia and knickknacks – because he planned to display them at his presidential library one day. Which will obviously be at Mar-a-Lago.
Unlike some arrogant losers, Trump doesn’t plan to spend $1 billion US taxpayer dollars to build an opulent palace in Chicago in honor of himself. He plans to have his personal home used for his presidential library one day.
Joe Biden, of course, was a vice president when he stole these classified documents pertaining to Iran and Ukraine, and hid them in his closet. Vice presidents have no authority whatsoever to declassify documents, presumptively or otherwise. Which means that Biden absolutely stole those documents. The media is already telling us that Biden’s stolen Iran/Ukraine documents were much less serious than the memorabilia that Trump kept after other world leaders gave them to him.
So, it looks like the determinant factor in whether mishandling classified documents qualifies as a death-penalty treason case really comes down to whether the person mishandling them is a Republican or a Democrat.