President Joe Biden blamed his staff for their handling of classified documents, saying he took responsibility for “not seeing exactly” what they were doing.
“I take responsibility for not seeing exactly what my staff was doing,” Biden said, when asked by a reporter if he took responsibility for being careless with classified material. “Things that show up in my garage, things that left my house, things that were moved, not by me but by my staff.”
Biden was later asked what he would do differently and responded that what he should have done is “oversee the transfer of the material that was in my office – in my offices.”
“I should have done that,” he said. “If I go back, I had no responsibility, I mean, my staff was supposed to do that and they mentioned it in the report. And my staff didn’t do it in a way that – for example, I didn’t know how half the boxes got into my garage until I found out that the staff was picking them up, putting them together, and taking them out of my garage at home. .”
He also made a comparison to former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified material, saying his documents were not “in Mar Lago, in a public place where… and none of it was highly classified, he didn’t have any of that stuff.” red stuff on it. You know what I mean? The red stuff in the corners? Nothing like that.”
Special counsel Robert Hur found that Biden failed to adequately protect classified documents in a report released Thursday, but said Biden should not be criminally charged.