The FBI criticized Trump and Biden for not being more “aware” of the rules on the use of confidential material
The National Archives of the United States, for its part, asked former presidents and former vice presidents of the country to review their personal records in case they might contain documents confidential
FILE – The statement from President Joe Biden's personal attorney on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick, File)
FBI Director Christopher Wray , criticized this Thursday those who have access to confidential material that they should be more “aware” of the rules, after, beyond Donald Trump, in recent weeks it has been revealed that the president of United States, Joe Biden, and former Vice President Mike Pence had this type of information in their private residences.
“Obviously, I cannot speak about any specific investigation, but we have carried out, for many years, a large amount of investigations for this misuse,” Wray explained this Thursday at a press conference, as reported by CNN.
“Unfortunately, it's a frequent part of the work of our counterintelligence programs. People should be aware of the rules around classified information and its proper use. Those rules are there for a reason,” the FBI director said from the Justice Department headquarters.
For his part, the United States Attorney General, Merrick Garland, preferred not to comment on the investigations that are underway after the discovery of this type of classified material in the private residences of President Biden and his predecessor, Donald Trump.
Garland limited himself to pointing out that those in charge of the same are very knowledgeable about the Department of Justice and that he trusts “fully” that they will know how to solve these matters following “the highest traditions of the department”
Although Garland has appointed Jack Smith as a special advisor to investigate the use of classified information by Trump and Robert Hur to do the same with the documents found on Biden, for the moment he will appoint another person for the case. of former Vice President Pence.
In addition, the National Archives of the United States asked this Thursday for former presidents and former vice presidents of the country to review their personal records in case they could contain confidential documents.
Former US Vice President Mike Pence speaks to reporters on December 6, 2022 at the Garden Sanctuary Church of God in Rock Hill, South Carolina. (AP Photo/Meg Kinnard, File)
The petition comes after classified files were found at the personal residence of US President Joe Biden, that of former Vice President Mike Pence and the residence in Mar-a-Lago (Florida) from former Republican President Donald Trump.
In a letter obtained by CNN, the office, which is in charge of guarding all presidential records, asks the representatives of the presidents and vice presidents of the last six Administrations -since Ronald Reagan's (1981-1989)- to check that their belongings do not include documents official.
“The responsibility of abiding by the Presidential Records Law -the regulation that obliges the delivery of all the documents of an administration to the National Archives- does not diminish when a Government ends”, explains the letter.
The National Archives notes that while classified documents have garnered attention in recent cases,any documents from these administrations must be turned over to the office.
The Former President Jimmy Carter, who was the one who signed the Presidential Records Act, is exempt from complying with it since its application did not begin until he left office, although his representatives assured CNN who handed over all presidential documents when his term ended.
Former Vice President Mike Pence was the latest former senior official to reveal that he found classified documents among his personal files, after that a similar revelation by Biden prompted many to draw parallels to the case of Trump, whose refusal to turn over classified documents forced the FBI to stage a raid on Mar-a-Lago.
With information from Europa Press and E FAITH