Biden may be at greater risk of criminal jeopardy than Trump in documents scandal

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With each new discovery of classified documents at Joe Biden’s home and office the case grows stronger that the president could well be charged with crimes.  

The principal law that Biden appears to have violated repeatedly is 18 USC 793 which makes it a crime to remove national defense (i.e., classified) material with the intent to retain it in an unauthorized location. 

A private office, garage, and home are obviously unauthorized because they are not sufficiently secure from intrusion. The nation’s secrets are vulnerable to theft by foreign adversaries.  Keeping his prized Corvette in the same garage with classified documnents is not a viable defense.  

WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR: TIMELINE OF BIDEN’S CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS DEBACLE

In Biden’s case, the increasing number of different locations where classified records were found is compelling circumstantial evidence that this was not simply a single instance where a record was “inadvertently” misplaced. Instead, there are three locations –and counting. This suggests that their placement was both knowing and intentional.  The number of documents is not nearly as incriminating as the number of locations where they were kept without mandated safeguards.  

But intent is not the only legal standard.  Under the law, lesser proof of “gross negligence” is enough

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