Who is Dr Michael Carpenter? MD of Penn Biden Center in spotlight after classified docs scandal
WASHINGTON, DC: Classified documents from the time when Joe Biden was serving as Barack Obama’s vice president were found at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement when Dr Michael Carpenter was serving as the Managing Director. There were roughly 10 documents from President Biden's vice-presidential office, and Attorney General Merrick Garland has assigned the US attorney in Chicago to review the said documents. Garland assigned US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch to figure out how the classified documents ended up at Penn Biden Center.
Special counsel to the president, Richard Sauber, told CBS that "the documents were discovered when Mr. Biden's personal attorneys "were packing files housed in a locked closet to prepare to vacate office space at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, DC." Sauber further said, "The discovery of these documents was made by the President's attorneys. The documents were not the subject of any previous request or inquiry by the Archives. Since that discovery, the President's personal attorneys have cooperated with the Archives and the Department of Justice in a process to ensure that any Obama-Biden Administration records are appropriately in the possession of the Archives." With this new development, Dr Michael Carpenter has come under the spotlight.
Who is Dr Michael Carpenter?
Dr Michael Carpenter was nominated by President Biden to serve as the Permanent Representative of the United States of America to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the Pentagon as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine, Eurasia, and Conventional Arms Control from 2015 to 2017.
Throughout his career, he has received four Superior Honor Awards and three Meritorious Honor Awards. As for his academic work, he received fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, the International Research & Exchanges Board, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the John D and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation. He also had a career as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department, where his roles included Deputy Director of the Office of Russian Affairs, Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for Political Affairs, Political-Military Officer, and Advisor on Caucasus Affairs and Regional Conflicts.