Former Government Ethics Office Director Walter Shaub, an Obama appointee, said the discovery of classified documents in President Joe Biden’s home and former office “reflects an inexcusable neglect” of basic security procedures.
“It’s nothing like Trump’s deliberate refusal to return classified records demanded by the National Archives, but Biden’s own retention of classified records reflects an inexcusable neglect of the most basic security protocols,” Shaub said, Fox News reported Tuesday.
The White House this month said that classified documents from Biden’s time as vice president were found in November in his former office and ion multiple places in his Wilmington, Del., home in December and January.
“The fact that the White House didn’t mention that records were found in more than one location when first asked about them was a breach of trust with the public and a self-inflicted wound,” Shaub said.
The White House first acknowledged the documents found in Biden’s former Washington, D.C., office, at the Penn Biden Center think tank. The classified records discovered in Biden’s home were not confirmed until days later.
“Based on what we know so far, it seems unlikely that he’s at risk of any of legal consequences, but I’m glad Garland appointed a special counsel to show even-handed treatment of the current and former president,” he said, referring to how a special counsel is investigating former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago in August.