“I want you to know that I’ve classified everything in the world. I’m the president, I can — come on,” Biden told reporters as he left the White House.
These are Biden’s most comprehensive comments to date Handling classified documents Following an FBI raid on his former home in Florida.
His comments shed new light on the matter Trump brought to his Palm Beach members’ club after an amended affidavit stopped short of passing judgment on Trump’s actions.
But they still reflected Biden’s most expansive views on an issue he and his team have tried to distance themselves from.
“I’m not going to comment because I don’t know the details. I don’t want to know. I’ll let the Justice Department take it,” Biden said.
In the days following the FBI search of Trump’s compound, the former president and his associates have said Trump had a “standing order” to release documents he took from the Oval Office to the White House residence.
CNN previously reported More than a dozen senior officials from the Trump administration say they believe no such order was issued during their time working for Trump, which they believe is completely false.
Biden and his top aides have worked diligently to avoid commenting on the ongoing criminal investigation into Trump’s handling of classified material. They said that they are getting to know the developments only from the news media.
However, some Biden administration officials have privately said they are concerned domestically about what Trump has taken with him and whether it has the potential to damage US national security.
Asked Friday if it would ever be appropriate to take classified material home, Biden suggested there are scenarios when it would be okay.
“It depends on the situation – for example, I have a completely secure cabin-off location in my house,” he said, describing a sensitive information facility built to handle classified information.
“I am taking today’s PDP (Presidential Daily Brief) home with me, it is locked. I have a person with me, the army with me, I read it. I lock it again. I give it to the army,” he said. said.
Asked if it was appropriate to handle classified material without a special area, Biden said: “It depends on the documents and how secure everything is.”
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