President Joe Biden claimed this week that the federal criminal investigation into him is different than the case into former President Donald Trump because there are different “degrees of irresponsibility.”
Biden made the remarks during an ABC News interview with David Muir that aired on Friday.
“You and the former president are both now under investigation by the Justice Department for the discovery of these classified documents,” Muir said. “I know that you believe these two cases are very different. But I do remember something you said after the discovery at Mar-a-Lago, you said, ‘I thought data that was in there may compromise sources and methods and names of people who help and it’s just totally irresponsible.’”
“Can you assure the American people that none of the documents discovered in your garage, or your old office, compromised sources or methods or U.S. intelligence?” Muir asked.
“I’ve been advised by the council, let the Justice Department make that decision, to not try to alter the case in any way, there have been very few documents that have been confiscated, found, in my possession that are in, other than, in my possession, meaning in my ho–, all the stuff that was moved out of my Senate office over the years, I’m told there are a couple things that were from 1973 or 74, the documents were marked classified,” Biden responded. “I don’t know of anything, maybe. I don’t know if anything that is marked like it was, you know, top secret, highly class–, etc. But I am told not to comment on that, because I don’t even know what they are able, what they confiscated.”
Muir then highlighted Biden’s reaction to the news last year that federal officials had found classified material in Trump’s possession.
“One word you used, when you hear about boxes in your garage or in your old office, you called the Trump discovery ‘irresponsible,’” Muir said. “Is there something irresponsible here though, too?”
“You know, you’re a good lawyer, but you’re trying to make a comparison. What, there’s degrees of irresponsibility, that are, they can be significant degrees of responsibility,” Biden claimed. “What, the way in which the boxes were packed up from my office, apparently, not everything was gone through as meticulously as it should have.”
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“But there was no intention,” Biden claimed. “I opened up my home, all my homes. My homes, my home at the beach and the home, my permanent home. And they spent hours and hours going through everything, personal, everything I had. And that’s a fundamentally different thing. There’s nothing for me to hide.”
Pres. Biden tells @DavidMuir that "there's degrees of irresponsibility" when it comes to the DOJ's investigations into both him and former Pres. Trump over the discovery of classified documents. "There's nothing for me to hide." he adds. https://t.co/wIixdvC4aq pic.twitter.com/j1euQZY9Pr
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