At least 10 current and former high-ranking Biden Administration officials — including Secretary of State Antony Blinken — worked at The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, the president’s namesake Washington, DC-based think tank where classified According to a report, the documents were discovered November. report.
Blinken was a former employee of University of Pennsylvania’s foreign policy institute. He also worked as Under Secretary of Defense of Policy Colin Kahl or White House Counsel Steven Richetti. Fox News Reported Wednesday
Blinken and Richettei were managing directors of the center; Kahl was a strategic consultant.
The trio is not the only ones. at Spencer Boyer was the senior fellow and deputy secretary of defense for Europe, NATO and policy. Jeffrey Prescott, the deputy to the US ambassador to the United Nations, was a strategic consultant; Ariana Berengaut, a senior adviser to the national security adviser, was a center director; Michael Carpenter, the US representative to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, was a managing director; Juan Gonzalez, a special assistant to the president, was a senior fellow; and Carlyn Reichel, a special assistant to Biden Fox reported that the director of communication was also the senior director for strategic initiatives and speechwriting.
Brian McKeon, a senior director at The center was deputy secretary of State for Management and Resources until his resignation last month.
Since the day I took office Biden has named longtime Penn President Amy Gutmann as the US ambassador to Germany while tapping David Cohen, the former head of the school’s board of trustees, as ambassador to Canada.
Biden praised Gutmann at Opening ceremony for the Penn Biden Center in February 2018 when he was interviewed by NBC News senior foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, another Penn alum.
“President Gutmann, when you came to me before the [Obama] administration was up and asked me whether I [would] consider to be a professor at Penn, the first thought I had was that it sounded like an intriguing idea, but it became even more intriguing after the outcome of the  election when you said I could bring along with me some serious, serious people,” Biden said.
“Serious staff people and much more than staff and they start with Tony Blinken and Steve Ricchetti and others, so thank you for allowing me to bring along some really, really bright people.”
Lawyers for the president found 10 documents with classified Markings inside a locked cupboard at On Nov. 2, 2022, the center was reopened. According to reports, the papers were mixed with Biden family documents — including details of funeral arrangements for the president’s son Beau, who died in 2015.
Some documents were dated between 2013-2016 Biden was Vice President. “top secret” CNN reported that CNN also included materials about Iran and Ukraine.
Richard Sauber, special counsel for the president, stated Monday night in a statement that Biden The office was used from “mid-2017 until the start of the 2020 campaign” In April 2019
He stated that the National Archives and Records Administration were immediately notified and the agency obtained the documents on the same day.
Biden, speaking Tuesday in Mexico City where He was at a summit in Mexico with Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the Mexican president, and Justin Trudea from Canada. “surprised to learn” The classified Documents were brought to the office.
”I don’t know what’s in the documents. They haven’t suggested that I inquire about the documents. I’ve turned over the boxes, they’ve turned over the boxes to the Archives, and we’re cooperating fully, cooperating fully with the review, which I hope will be finished soon and there’ll be more detail at that time,” he told reporters.
Attorney General Merrick Grland called John Lausch from Chicago, a former president’s appointee, to inspect the documents. Lausch has already filed a preliminary report.
Republicans however point out the double standard being applied to the matter Biden Materials are treated in a different way to the original. classified documents discovered at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Florida resort are being handled.
Many hundreds classified The documents were located at the former president’s Palm Beach resort in an FBI raid on Aug. 8 and Garland later named a special counsel, veteran prosecutor Jack Smith, to lead the investigation.
Rep. James Comer Chair of the House Oversight Committee (Republican-Ky.) said Tuesday that the panel would launch an investigation into allegations. Biden Sending letters and documents to the National Archives or White House for more information.
He stated that the National Archives did not publicly reveal the discovery of the document. classified This and other documents Biden Several people may have broken the law before the midterm elections.
“Meanwhile, NARA instigated a public and unprecedented FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago — former President Trump’s home — to retrieve presidential records,” Comer wrote in the letter. “NARA’s inconsistent treatment of recovering classified records held by former President Trump and President Biden raises questions about political bias at the agency.”