How the ghostwriter of Biden’s memoirs ended up in the center of a classified documents probe

From The Associated Press:

President Joe Biden worked so closely with the ghostwriter with whom he is accused of sharing classified secrets that he once declared that he’d trust the author with his life.

Mark Zwonitzer worked with Biden on two memoirs, 2007’s “Promises to Keep” and “Promise Me, Dad,” which was published 10 years later. According to a report released Thursday by special counsel Robert Hur, Biden was sloppy in his handling of classified material found at his home and former office, and shared classified information contained in some of them with Zwonitzer while the two were working on the Biden’s second book.

Hur’s report says no criminal charges are warranted against Biden. It says his office considered charging Zwonitzer with obstruction of justice because the ghostwriter destroyed recordings of interviews he conducted with Biden while they worked on his second memoir together once he learned of the documents investigation. But Hur also said Zwonitzer offered “plausible, innocent reasons” for having done so and cooperated with investigators subsequently, meaning the evidence against him was likely “insufficient to obtain a conviction.”

Hours after the report was released, Biden addressed reporters at the White House and spoke to what he shared with Zwonitzer, saying, “I did not share classified information” adding he didn’t do so “with my ghostwriter. Guarantee you I did not.”

Link to the rest at The Associated Press

No, TPV is not going to turn into a political blog. PG notes this story involves a ghostwriter who was working on a book with Pres. Biden.

2 thoughts on “How the ghostwriter of Biden’s memoirs ended up in the center of a classified documents probe”

  1. It seems to me that all our presidents have trouble keeping with the rules of how to keep confidential material safe. It’s a little alarming. I can’t imagine why Biden would feel the need to share classified information with his memoir ghostwriter.

  2. I actually do care whether classified material is handled improperly – even if the person handling it is the person who can de-classify it.
    What I care about MORE is that the apparent guidelines for determining whether or not a person is charged seems to depend on whether there is an (R) or a (D) after their name.
    Look, the government can set the standards loosely, or butt-puckeringly tight.
    Just be consistent.

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