President Joe Biden, embattled in controversy stemming from his handling of classified documents, had previously tanked former President Jimmy Carter’s nomination for CIA director over his alleged mishandling of classified documents while Biden served in the U.S. Senate.
Carter named Ted Sorensen the head of CIA in 1977.
As Fox News reported:
Sorenson [sic]After leaving the White House, Sorenson admitted that he took boxes of classified documents home and used them to write a biography about former President John F. Kennedy. Sorenson’s admission to this came in affidavits used in cases involving the Pentagon Papers.
Biden reviewed the affidavit, and joined Republicans to stop Sorenson being confirmed. Biden suggested that Sorenson might have broken the Espionage Act.
Then-Sen. Biden claimed the “real issue” during Sorensen’s confirmation hearing was “whether Mr. Sorensen intentionally took advantage of ambiguities in the law, or carelessly ignored the law.”
“If he did so, can he now bring the activities of the intelligence community within the strict limits of the law?” Biden asked. “We will expect that in the future of intelligence agencies. If that is to be the case, then we must hold the Director — DCI — accountable as well.”
Carter withdrew his nominating speech despite Sorensen’s defense of his handling the classified documents. Sorensen claimed his “handling of classified information was at all times in accordance with the then-existing laws, regulations and practices,”A 1977 survey indicated that the following: Washington Post report.
Biden’s role in tanking Sorensen’s nomination resurfaced this month after Biden found himself in a scandal stemming from his own handling of classified government documents.
Two locations contained multiple stashes with classified documents, one at the Penn Biden Center, Washington DC and another in the garage of the Wilmington home.
Attorney General Merrick Garland recently appointed a special counsel to investigate Biden’s handling of classified government documents.
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