(CNSNews.com) – In a sit-down interview with PBS in Wisconsin on Wednesday, President Biden was asked about his comment last September that it was “totally irresponsible” for Donald Trump to possess classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.
But then Biden went beyond the scope of Judy Woodruff’s question, emphasizing his voluntary cooperation after classified documents were found in his home and Washington office.
Biden described some of the retrieved material as “stray papers,” and he blamed the people who “packed up my offices.”
Woodruff, noting the “clear” difference between the Trump and Biden cases in terms of cooperation, asked Biden: “You said just possessing classified documents is, you said, ‘totally irresponsible.’ So what was totally irresponsible about the fact that you had some?”
“What — they’ve informed me not to speak to this issue — to any way try to prejudice the investigation that’s going on,” Biden said:
“But what I was talking about was what was laid out. All these documents (Trump’s) were top secret, code word and all the rest.”
[The FBI laid out and photographed some of the documents found at Trump’s home, but did not do the same with Biden’s documents.]
“I’m not at liberty, and I’m not even sure, I made voluntarily — no one’s had to threaten to do anything — voluntarily opened every single aperture I have with the house, offices, everything, for them to come and look and spend hours searching my home, invited them, nobody–
“And so, and the best of my knowledge, the kinds of things they picked up were things that — from 1974, stray papers. There may be something else, I don’t know.
“But one of the things that happened is that, what was not done well, is as they packed up my offices to move them, they didn’t do the kind of job that should have been done to go thoroughly through every single piece of literature that’s there. But, I’ll just let the investigation, you know, decide what’s going on, and we’ll see what happens.”
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