The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday concerns the constitutional right to equal rights before the law. The treatment by the FBI and the Department of Justice of former President Donald Trump was much different than that of current President Joe Biden.
August 2022, the FBI, part of the Department of Justice and under the direction
of the Biden administration, raided the resort home of former President Donald
Trump in Palm Beach, Florida, searching for classified materials. In early
November 2022, classified materials were located in the Penn Biden Center. More
classified materials were found in the Joe Biden garage in December 2022, and
even more were found inside the home in January 2023.
talking heads claim that the Biden situation is not as bad as that of Trump. According
to Victor Davis Hanson, we should not be so quick to jump to conclusions. Yes,
it appears that there were more documents at Mar-a-Lago that were labeled “classified”
than were found at Biden’s home and office. Otherwise, Hanson wrote, the
comparisons between the two cases, do not favor Biden and gave the following
First, a stranger would face a far greater
challenge entering a post-presidential Mar-a-Lago than a pre-presidential Biden
home, office, or garage….
Secret service agents and private security
were stationed at Mar-a-Lago. Prior to the 2020 presidential election, they
were not at citizen Biden’s various troves for most of 2017-2020, much less
prior to 2009.
Second, we seem to forget that for much of
the developing controversy, Biden’s own team was investigating Biden….
[Remember, the FBI raided Trump’s home.]
Third, no one in a position of government
authority had passed judgment on Biden’s alleged security violations.
That was not the case of the still alleged
violations of Trump….
Fourth, Trump is certainly right that as
president he had a far more substantial claim of declassification rights than
did Biden who took the papers out either as a senator or vice president.
Fifth, the FBI was not merely asymmetrical
in melodramatically raiding the Trump home while allowing Biden lawyers to
inspect various Biden stashes. The FBI also leaked the purported contents of
the subjects of the Trump classified documents (falsely spreading the lie of “nuclear
codes” and “nuclear secrets”) in a way it has not with the Biden cache.
The FBI went so far as to scatter the
documents on the floor for a fake news photo-op as if the papers were so
messily arrayed when they arrived.
So far, the FBI has come lightly and
belatedly to the Biden case without the SWAT team get-up and only under
pressure from the public and the Republican opposition.
Sixth, Biden did not “self-report.” Biden’s
team did not call the relevant government authorities the minute they
discovered the classified documents in Biden’s office and home and garage.
In truth, Biden, or someone close to
Biden, certainly knew that he or someone close to him had illegally removed
classified documents when he left the vice presidency in 2017 – or years earlier
as a senator.
For at least the last six years – at least
– Biden has felt no compunction to confess to authorities he illegally was in
possession of classified documents….
Worse, Biden and his staff knew classified
documents were in his possession before the midterms but deliberately
suppressed that information until after the elections were over.
Seventh, Trump’s documents were stored
only at one place, Mar-a-Lago, and only for about 19 months. Biden’s were
stashed at various locations for nearly seven years, or perhaps over a decade.
There were far more opportunities of time and space for those without security
clearances to have access to the Biden documents than to the Trump files.
Eighth, the press has exhaustively
speculated, usually wrongly, about how the documents reached Mar-a-Lago and what
they contained. In contrast, no one knows or even asks why Biden took
classified documents, what they concerned, or who, if any, in his family circle
had access to them.
Ninth, Trump’s documents did not expose
other liabilities of the constantly investigated Trump. The Biden files so far
have directed attention to the mysterious tens of millions of dollars in
Communist Chines money that poured into Biden’s think tank at the University of
Pennsylvania, the proximity of members of the quid pro quo Biden consortium to
these classified papers, and the files’ relevance, if any, to the Biden family’s
overseas businesses…. [The Biden presidency could be finished if Hunter
accessed any of the classified material.]
Tenth, Trump possessed contested documents
as a private citizen. Biden’s files under contention involve the current
behavior of the president of the United States. Biden ran for office, was
elected, and serves as president with the full knowledge that all this time, he
unlawfully possessed classified documents.
Questions still remain about the fate of Trump, Biden, and now former Vice President Mike Pence who recently found classified materials in his files at his home in Indiana. Will all three men be exonerated, or will all three men be charged, or will Trump and Pence be charged and Biden be exonerated by the corrupt FBI and Department of Justice? No matter the final decision, we can understand that Attorney General Merrick Garland has a big problem!