President Joe Biden placed responsibility for his handling of classified documents on his staff, 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 documents. “Items that show up in my garage, items that are taken out of my house, items that have been moved – not by me but by my staff.”
Biden was later asked what he would do differently and he responded that what he should have done is “oversee the transfer of the equipment that was in my office – in my offices.”
“I should have done that,” he said. “If I go back, I wasn't responsible for it, meaning my staff was supposed to do it 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 gathering them, putting them together and taking them out from the garage of my house. .”
He also drew a comparison to how former President Donald Trump handled classified documents, saying his documents were not “on display at Mar Lago, in a public place where — and none of them were was highly classified, there was no trace. of that red stuff on it. You know what I mean? The red things in the corners? None of that.”
Special counsel Robert Hur found Biden failed to properly protect classified materials in a report released earlier Thursday, but said Biden should not be criminally charged.