A Watergate-era honor system for protecting top-secret information in the White House is clearly not working.
Revelations that Donald Trump, Joe Biden and now Mike Pence have mishandled classified documents expose the pitfalls of trusting presidents and vice presidents to appropriately share the nation’s secrets when they leave office.
They also raise the question of how many more documents will be discovered in the homes of the nation’s leaders. Trump took boxes to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Smaller sets of material marked as classified were discovered at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, and at the Penn Biden Center in Washington.
More documents could emerge in the coming weeks, experts said, especially considering more records than ever are being classified as classified.
“If I’m an officer who has had access to classified documents in the past, I would immediately call my attorneys and tell them to start searching all of my stored materials immediately,” said Bradley Moss, a longtime national expert Security is following the Trump and Biden cases.
Outdated laws, increased use of telecommuting during the coronavirus pandemic, and a “tsunami of digitally created” records are weighing on the National Archives’ Information Security Oversight Office, which urged modernizing how it handles classified information in a July report to the White House.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) criticized Biden in an interview on Bloomberg Radio’s Sound On, saying reforms are needed.
“They now look at President Biden not just as a vice president but as a member of the Senate who ended up with classified documents,” she said. “It’s hard to imagine how anyone would have these documents in their home or not take proper care of these documents.”
“And clean up that process and make sure we streamline those protocols of how the documents are viewed, when and where they are viewed. How to subscribe and unsubscribe. It’s a reasonable move,” she added. Blackburn, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said she would “love” it if the panel took action this year. Read more from Ryan Teague Beckwith.
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