Biden Has Long History Of Finger Pointing Over Classified Docs

Biden Has Long History Of Pointing Finger About Classified Docs
The silhouette of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, is seen greeting attendees during a campaign event in Dubuque, Iowa, U.S., on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020. Biden is opening a daunting lead over the rest of the field in the March 3 Texas primary, but his advantage has slipped in South Carolina, where the primary later this month is crucial for his campaign. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images

At a glance

  • When President Joe Biden was a senator during President Jimmy Carter’s term, he reportedly used an accusation about the mishandling of classified documents to sink a nominee for director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
  • While Biden was a member of Senate Intelligence Committee he effectively helped Republicans end the nomination of Ted Sorensen for CIA director, The Intercept reported.
  • Biden, who at first supported the nomination, dug up an affidavit in which Sorensen noted that he, like many other officials in Washington, would take home classified documents.
  • Biden went after Sorensen during his confirmation hearing, saying, “Quite honestly, I’m not sure whether or not Mr. Sorensen could be indicted or convicted under the espionage statutes,” questioning “whether Mr. Sorensen intentionally took advantage of the ambiguities in the law or carelessly ignored the law.”

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