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Donald Trump and Joe Biden both breached by moving confidential documents to their private residences and although it appears to be the case, it is not everyone will be judged differentlyDespite the fact that Republicans have called for the entire burden of legislation to be placed on the president.
As per government rules, Access to classified documents is limited to those currently authorized to see them and material must be stored in specially secured containers to limit the risk of exposure of confidential information; Once the authorized person terminates his mandate.
The Presidential Records Act is very clear that official White House documents, whether classified or not, must be turned over to the National Archives.
Trump did not cooperate, Biden will cooperate
When Trump Left Office as President of the United States intentionally removed dozens highly classified documents and took them to his Mar-a-Lago mansion in Florida, The authorities identified the missing files and requested their return, however, Magnate also ignored the requests.
After a hard fight, The matter was referred to the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI raided the former president’s mansion where Over 300 classified documents foundIncluding some that were marked as top secret.
Former President calls FBI raid a ‘witch hunt’ and even accused the Biden administration of being behind the search of his “beautiful home”.
In contrast to Trump’s action, the first batch of documents, consisting of 10 classified files, were found by legal representatives when they were closing the US office in Washington, DC. Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagementwhich the president used as part of his relationship with the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as an honorary member and professor from 2017 to 2019.
Biden’s lawyers voluntarily returned the files the previous November and avoided reporting the documents as “lost”. Four days later, the White House confirmed that a second batch of classified documents had been found in the garage of Biden’s Delaware home.
Where did he keep the secret files?
According to court documents, the highly classified documents Trump had were in different parts of his Mar-a-Lago mansion.
Some were in boxes in a locked storage cabinet.Others were found by the FBI in his private office and even at his desk.
Through a statement, Biden’s lawyers indicated that on November 2 “A small number of classified documents” were found In a closed cabinet in an office that has been used repeatedly by the president since leaving office in 2017, as well as before launching a presidential campaign. Other documents were found in a storage space in his garage.
How many documents did he have?
According to DOJ, Trump had more than 300 classified documents, including letters sent with Kim Jong Un as well as dozens of photographs. Leaving a total of 15 boxes full of documents.
The former president “washed his hands” by assuring that Before leaving the White House, he declassified documentsBut so far no clear evidence has been found in this regard.
Biden, for his part, has access to only a handful of classified documents. The first batch is 10 files. It is still unknown how many more were found in the second batch.
So far Documents known to include personal documents of the Biden familyLike the letter of condolence given to her after her son’s death, as well as anything else about American politics.
garland, judge and party
As soon as it became known that Biden also had classified documents, Republicans sought a “special investigator” to investigate the matter through the social network Attorney General Merrick Garland, as they had done with Donald Trump at the time. .
Garland didn’t immediately mention the plan, but expected a response that didn’t put her on the ropes. Within hours of the second search, The Attorney General announced the Department of Justice’s commitment to society through a press conference.
“This appointment underscores the department’s independence for public opinion and its commitment to both Accountability in particularly sensitive mattersAt the same time taking decisions that are unquestionably guided only by facts and law,” he said.
The Justice Department is investigating both situations. In Trump’s case, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed special counsel, Jack Smith, to oversee the investigation, while Biden was assigned Robert Hur, a former federal prosecutor appointed by Trump.