The National Archives has uncovered a significant number of email pages where former Vice President Joe Biden used alternative names to discuss both official duties and personal affairs, as per a recently released federal court status report.
The federal body has, under legal obligation, disclosed the existence of about 82,000 pages of emails spanning three separate addresses, a volume that overshadows the controversy around Hillary Clinton, who had deleted 33,000 emails amounting to 55,000 pages.
This marks the first comprehensive public view of Biden’s private email exchanges. The disclosure is a result of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the National Archives, initiated by the nonprofit Southeastern Legal Foundation.
The status report states, “NARA has identified approximately 82,000 pages of potentially responsive documents,” and they are currently processing and preparing these for periodic release.
Such use of non-official email addresses by high-ranking officials raises concerns, given the legal emphasis against employing undisclosed emails for public matters. Moreover, officials at Biden’s level are mandated by the Federal Records Act to maintain any government-related emails sent via private channels.
Within their examination of Biden’s family business endeavors, the Republicans are in pursuit of an email suggesting Joe Biden’s interaction with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on May 27, 2016, during his vice-presidential term.
During this period, the energy company Burisma, which had Hunter Biden on its board, was under investigation by Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin. An FBI source claims the Bidens received bribes from Burisma to sway the Ukrainian government to remove Shokin. Shokin was eventually ousted, following pressure from Joe Biden, though the U.S. justified the action, stating Shokin’s inefficiency in battling corruption in Ukraine.