Biden says his classified material scandal different 'degrees of irresponsibility' than Trump's
Biden said that when the boxes were packed up from his vice presidential office "not everything was gone through as meticulously as it should have."
President Joe Biden defended his handling of classified material compared to former President Donald Trump's by saying there are different "degrees of irresponsibility."
During an interview aired Friday on ABC's "World News Tonight," host David Muir pointed out to Biden that the president had called the discovery of classified documents at Trump's Florida home in August "irresponsible." Muir asked whether there is "something irresponsible here too" with Biden's own handling of classified materials from his time as vice president.
"You know, you're a good lawyer," Biden told Muir, who is not an attorney. "You're trying to make a comparison. What – There's degrees of irresponsibility that are – they can be significant degrees of responsibility."
Biden said that when the boxes were packed up from his vice presidential office "not everything was gone through as meticulously as it should have, but there was no intention."
He said he opened up all of his homes to be searched, which is "fundamentally different" than in Trump's situation.
Trump also opened his home to federal agents before the FBI raid in August. He said agents toured his Mar-a-Lago home in early June to see the documents he had locked and stored in a secure area.