Joe Biden secret documents scandal could be worse than Donald Trump – The Telegraph
We begin our tour with The Telegraph with an article entitled, “Why the Biden classified documents scandal might be worse than the Trump scandal?”
The article, written by the newspaper’s American Affairs Editor, Nick Allen, tackles the problem of finding some classified documents relating to the period when Joe Biden was US Vice President.
The author ties this case to a similar case involving former President Donald Trump, who is under investigation for transferring classified documents to Florida after he left office.
And the author felt that “in some respects, Joe Biden’s apparent misuse of classified documents may be even worse than Donald Trump’s handling” of his case.
Nick Allen believes the situation is extremely dangerous for both men as each could have committed offenses under the Presidential Records Act and the Espionage Act if they had acted in “gross negligence”.
And while hundreds of classified documents have been found in Trump’s possession, about a tenth of that amount has been found in Biden so far.
However, Trump kept the documents in a storage room and in his office at his private resort — Mar-a-Lago — in Florida, where he continued to live and work after leaving the White House.
In Biden’s case, the first batch of classified material was found in a locked safe at a Washington think tank where he had a private office.
Biden stopped using that office when he launched his presidential campaign in April 2019.
However, the documents were still there after more than three years, and they were found on November 2, 2022.
This left the question unanswered as to who had access to these documents during those three years.
And with the news that more documents have been found in the parking garage at Biden’s Delaware home, it must be cause for celebration for Trump, according to the author.
Not only is it a devastating blow for Biden, but it’s also a major boost for Trump ahead of a potential showdown between the two men in the 2024 presidential election.
“This case spoils what was expected to be one of the main points of the president’s attack — namely, that voters cannot trust Trump when it comes to his handling of the nation’s secrets.”
The author reflected that many Americans now fear that they cannot trust either of them.
A private investigator is now investigating the case, as is already the case with Trump. “They are in the same boat and get into the water.”
The author noted that Trump argued that he declassified the documents found at the Mar-a-Lago resort before leaving the post of President.
And as vice president, Biden had the same authority to release documents that later turned up in his office and garage, but Biden didn’t argue that he did, instead implying he didn’t know the documents were there.
“His defense is ignorance (of the existence of the documents), but this is not necessarily a defense under the law,” the author concluded.
No change in war strategy.
We turn to the Guardian newspaper, and an analysis entitled “Putin’s military adjustment focuses more on politics than a shift in strategy,” written by Dan Sabbagh, the paper’s security and defense editor.
The analysis looks at the appointment of the Chief of the General Staff of the Russian Army, General Valery Gerasimov, as Commander of the Russian Armed Forces in Ukraine, replacing Sergei Surovikin.
The author compared Russian President Vladimir Putin to changing that lead “repeatedly” the way a club in the English Premier League changes coaches to achieve instant success.
“Clearly these vacillations indicate that the Kremlin is unhappy with the conduct of the war, but the decision to task General Valery Gerasimov, commander of the armed forces, with the invasion is notable for other reasons as well,” he wrote .
The author noted that after only three months in office, General Sergei Surovikin was demoted to one of three deputy commanders. This raises the obvious question of the possibility of a strategy shift as we approach the year since the outbreak of war.
Interestingly, some Russian military bloggers, closely watched by Western pundits, are downright skeptical about the change. One said: “The change of place does not change the sum of the numbers.”
“Given Russia’s poor and chaotic military performance to date, the[russischen]blogger right. Gerasimov as army chief was always Surovkin’s superior, so it is not clear that things have changed significantly, although this now means that Gerasimov is closely associated with the war effort.
The author believes that the Russian President is the one who oversees military strategy and, according to Western intelligence, he is involved in decision-making at brigade and even battalion level.
“The most likely scenario is that the recent reorganization is of a political nature and will take place at the moment when the private military group Wagner, led by Yevgeny Prigozhin, is finally on the[ukrainische]Stadt Solidar seems to be penetrating”, as Prigozhin inappropriately claimed earlier this week: no, nobody but Wagner is taking part in the Solidar storm.
The author felt this epitomizes the decline in regular Russian forces after nearly 11 months of war, to which the West this week estimated Wagner contributed about “a quarter or more of the Russian fighters” in Ukraine.
“Prigozhin and Surovikin are allies who many believe are hoping to usurp Gerasimov’s military establishment in the Kremlin and his immediate superior, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu.”
Sir Lawrence Friedman, author of Leadership, a book on the politics of military operations, was quoted as saying: “I suspect this is an old-guard move against what is seen as the Prigozhin-Sorovikin axis, motivated by Wagner’s Propaganda about the Solidar and Bakhmut battle and complaints about Gerasimov’s lack of support.
“This may indicate that Putin is attempting to balance tensions between Wagner and the regular army rather than developing a new military strategy,” he concluded.
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