Biden Blasts Trump's Stashing Of Classified Documents As 'Irresponsible'
President Joe Biden says the discovery of top-secret documents at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate raised concerns that sensitive data were compromised and called it “irresponsible,” Colleen Long reported for the Associated Press (AP).
Photo Insert: President Joe Biden presides over a White House cabinet meeting.
Biden, who rarely does interviews, spoke to CBS’ “60 Minutes” in a segment that aired Sunday. He said that when he heard about classified documents taken from the White House, he wondered how “anyone could be that irresponsible.” Biden added: “And I thought, what data was in there that may compromise sources and methods?”
The president said he did not get a heads-up before the Trump estate was searched, and he has not asked for any specifics “because I don’t want to get myself in the middle of whether or not the Justice Department should move or not move on certain actions they could take.”
The FBI says it took about 11,000 documents, including roughly 100 with classification markings found in a storage room and an office, while serving a court-authorized search warrant at the home on Aug. 8. Weeks after the search, Trump lawyers asked a judge to appoint a special master to conduct an independent review of the records.
The warrant says federal agents were investigating potential violations of three different federal laws, including one that governs gathering, transmitting, or losing defense information under the Espionage Act.
Trump insists he had won the November 2020 elections but could not produce a shred of evidence to disprove that Biden beat him by more than 7 million votes, a landslide. He likewise wants to be president for life.
Biden was asked about growing concerns that Russia’s efforts to seize Ukraine could inspire China’s leader Xi Jinping to attack Taiwan.
The island has been recognized by the US as part of China but has its own democratic government. Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met last week. Biden again said the US forces would respond “if in fact there was an unprecedented attack.”
He also warned Putin against using nuclear and chemical weapons in Ukraine.