(NewsGlobal.com)- Joe Biden, the president, is a guy who likes to write things down. And now, a special counsel’s probe into handling classified materials is incorporating some of those scribbled reflections from throughout his decades of public service.
President Joe Biden’s beach house outside of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, was searched by the FBI on Wednesday morning; they reportedly removed some handwritten notes and other items relating to his tenure as vice president but did not discover any classified information.
The purpose of seizing notes from his tenures as vice president and senator for decades that were discovered at his Rehoboth Beach and Wilmington, Delaware residences is still unknown.
The FBI discovered six secret documents in Biden’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware, last month. According to Biden’s personal attorney, documents from Biden’s tenure as vice president were allegedly found just before the midterm elections, prompting the federal law enforcement agency to examine Biden’s old D.C. office at the Penn Biden Center.
The DOJ must decide whether the notes they collected are personal and belong to Biden, in which case they will probably be given back to him.
Biden’s counsel did not specify if the notes were deemed to be classified. But during his eight years as vice president and 36 years in the Senate, Biden saw a number of very sensitive events in American histories, such as the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011, and the developing political unrest in Ukraine.
According to the Presidential Documents Act, records from a presidential administration, particularly those that are classified, should be kept in the National Archives. There are occasional exceptions, such as when it is found that the documents are only personal.
However, if someone is taking notes in relation to a secret document or briefing, even a handwritten note may be regarded as secret. Even if they are not labeled as such, such notes may be considered classified.