Obama Ethics Chief Blasts Biden’s Mishandling Of Classified Docs

Obama Ethics Chief Blasts Biden's Mishandling Of Classified Docs
US President Joe Biden gestures while greeting Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (out of frame), at the National Palace in Mexico City, on January 10, 2023, during the 10th North American Leaders Summit. - The three leaders are meeting for a regional summit, with migration, trade and climate change at the top of the agenda. (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI / AFP) (Photo by NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP via Getty Images)

At a glance

  • A former ethics chief from the Obama administration has decried President Biden’s management of sensitive materials.
  • “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,” former United States Office of Government Ethics Director Walter Shaub told Fox News. “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.”
  • The November discovery of classified documents at Biden’s former office at the Penn Biden Center in Washington became public this month and has subjected the White House to intense scrutiny, given Biden’s furious condemnation of former President Donald Trump for his own storage of classified materials at his Florida estate. The subsequent discovery of additional materials at Biden’s Delaware home has further compounded the issue.

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