At a think tank in Washington, classified government documents were found late last year in an office that Joe Biden uses regularly. US media reported it on Monday (local time).
It concerns ten documents, dating back to when Biden was vice president under Barack Obama, between 2009 and 2017. Nothing is known yet about the contents of the papers, but they were in a locked safe. The Ministry of Justice opened an investigation into the matter.
Biden’s lawyers came across the papers last November as they were leaving the office. The documents have been handed over to the National Archives.
Donald Trump was quick to criticize his successor on Monday. When is the FBI going to raid Joe Biden’s many homes, and maybe even the White House? “These documents have certainly not been released,” Trump said via Truth Social. The former president himself is the subject of a judicial investigation because the FBI found more than 300 classified documents in his Mar-a-Lago, Florida home after he resigned.
House Republicans also criticized the apparent negligence of Democrat Biden. “President Biden sharply criticized President Trump for accidentally taking home classified documents, and it now appears that he did the same,” Rep. House said. Ironic. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy described the developments as “extremely troubling”.
On the other hand, the US mainstream media emphasizes the difference between the documents on Trump and the more recent documents in Biden’s private office. Trump’s papers were found after a search of his home because he refused to return the documents to the government. They were also carelessly stored in boxes in areas frequented by visitors to Mar-a-Lago.
On the other hand, the papers that were shown to Biden were in a locked safe and could have been handed over to the appropriate authorities “as soon as they were discovered.” Significantly less “classified” material was also found on Biden: ten papers compared to more than three hundred with his predecessor.
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