Political Expert Discusses Classified Documents
Former Vice President Mike Pence is the latest government official with classified documents found in his home. This comes after different batches of documents were discovered in President Biden's home and office.
Dr. Jeff Bloodworth of Gannon University said the whole situation has gotten messy, "It's sloppy, I mean it's just inexcusable sloppiness."
As more classified documents were discovered in Former Vice President Pence's home, people may question how can such classified documents end up in homes and offices across the country. As Dr. Bloodworth explained, "There's different levels of classification and it depends on your clearance right. You could look at some documents and not others, obviously Pence and Biden had these documents as Vice Presidents and Biden's were as Vice President and not President, so they had high level of clearance."
Dr. Bloodworth believes that some of these documents may be in their homes or offices for other projects they could be working on, but he said it still doesn't make it right. "The excuse for having them like 'I'm working on my memoir as Vice President, I need access to these documents', okay, if they are top secret, they should go to a secure location, to which to view those."
Bloodworth suspected that the documents were copies of the originals and may be of a lower classification. "Surely these have nothing of import in them and if they do, shame on them", said Dr. Bloodworth.
To correct this from happening in the future, Dr. Bloodworth thinks that legislation needs to be passed about what constitutes as classified documents, "Then we can have meaningful legislation which has to say what really needs to be classified and what doesn't need to be classified and set out some real rules and real punishments, reasonable punishments."
Dr. Bloodworth said that he think Congress needs to first determine what counts as a classified document. The president has broad power over classified materials, but Congress still plays a role, and Bloodworth said legislators need to step in.
Regardless of the constant finding of documents, the lack of proper care is alarming to Dr. Bloodworth, "you don't need to handle these documents in a sloppy manner even if these classified documents don't deserve that kind of classification."