Classified Docs Raise New Questions About Biden’s Think Tank

US President Joe Biden gets into his SUV after visiting firefighters a Nantucket, Massachusetts, fire station to thank first responders during the Thanksgiving Day holiday, on November 24, 2022. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • President Joe Biden’s previously little-known think tank is under scrutiny over its funding and foreign visitors after attorneys discovered a batch of classified materials at the Washington office late last year.
  • Richard Painter, the chief ethics lawyer for President George W. Bush from 2005 to 2007, said the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement’s opaque funding and operations demanded answers about who stepped foot in the Washington think tank.
  • Painter said he worried about who may have had access to the classified documents held at the Penn Biden Center, a Washington-based think tank affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania staffed by numerous Obama administration officials.

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