The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) recently admitted that it was in possession of some 82,000 pages of Joe Biden emails in which one of three known pseudonyms was used to conceal the then-vice president’s identity. This volume of communications sent from and received at private email accounts seems to far exceed what federal law permits for a US government official. The revelation came Oct. 30 as part of NARA’s response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by the nonprofit public interest law firm Southeastern Legal Foundation.
It has not yet been determined whether any of these emails contained classified information. Considering the sweeping rules regarding classification, however – and many have suggested that the government probably classifies much more than it needs to – the chances that none of the newly unearthed Biden emails contained restricted or secret materials are somewhat remote.
Trove of Suspicious Biden Emails
The Records Administration has been less than cooperative in the matter of the Biden emails. Southeastern Legal Foundation initially filed a FOIA request in June 2020. Even now, the public release of this entire volume of documents is likely to take months more. “Given the scope of Plaintiff’s FOIA request, which seeks copies of all emails in three separate accounts over an eight-year period, the volume of potentially responsive records is necessarily large,” the report explained.
“NARA has identified approximately 82,000 pages of potentially responsive documents, and it is currently processing those documents and preparing any nonexempt responsive documents for production on a rolling basis,” the joint preliminary report and discovery plan, filed Oct. 30, said.
The Department of Justice wasted little time in indicting former President Donald Trump for storing boxes of official documents at his private residence. It is still investigating Biden for doing the same thing. The appearance of a double standard is hard to avoid. With this latest disclosure, one cannot help but wonder if Biden is indeed considered above the law – as Hillary Clinton seemed to be when it was discovered she maintained a private email server when she was secretary of state. Some of the emails on that server were found to contain classified information. The fact that Biden clearly sought to conceal his identity in these communications is even more incriminating.
Republican investigators continue to amass evidence that members of the Biden family were hauling in money from around the world on the back of the Biden “brand” – a practice commonly known as influence peddling. Democrats and the White House still insist that the Republicans have “no evidence” of the commander-in-chief’s involvement in these schemes, though such claims are without merit. GOP lawmakers have obtained bank records, testimony, and thousands of communications and other documents that clearly constitute evidence – if not proof – that the senior Biden was involved in and benefited from Biden family financial deals.
Neither Biden nor any member of the former Barack Obama administration has offered up a legitimate reason why a US vice president would use three fictional names in tens of thousands of email communications. As Republicans press on with an impeachment inquiry, they will no doubt be eager to find out what these yet-unpublished Biden emails contain.