Biden: Classified documents at Mar-a-Lago raise concerns

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President Joe Biden says the discovery of top-secret documents at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property raised concerns that sensitive data had been compromised and called it “irresponsible.”

Biden, who is rarely interviewed, spoke to CBS’s “60 Minutes” in a segment that aired on Sunday. He said that when he heard about confidential documents taken from the White House, he wondered “how could anyone be so irresponsible.”

Biden added: “And I thought, what data was out there that could have compromised sources and methods?”

The president said he did not find any information prior to the search of the Trump estate, and did not ask for any specific information “because I do not want to put myself in the middle of whether the Justice Department should proceed with some of the actions that they take.” could have taken.”

The FBI says that while serving a court-authorized search warrant at the home on Aug. 8, nearly 11,000 documents with classification marks were found in the storage room and office. Weeks after the search, Trump lawyers asked a judge to appoint a special master to conduct an independent review of the records.

The warrant said federal agents were investigating possible violations of three different federal laws, including one that governs the collection, transmission or loss of defense information under the Espionage Act.

Biden told “60 Minutes” that when he heard about confidential documents being taken from the White House, he wondered “how could anyone be so irresponsible.”

“And I wondered what data was out there that might have compromised sources and methods?”

In extensive interviews, the president would not commit to running for re-election in 2024, although he has said in the past that he had planned.

“My intention, as I said in the beginning, is that I will run again,” he said. “But that’s just an intention. But is it a firm decision that I run again? It’s just a matter of seeing him.”

Biden was asked about growing concerns that Russia’s attempts to annex Ukraine could prompt Chinese leader Xi Jinping to attack Taiwan. The island is recognized by the US as part of China but has its own democratic government. Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met last week.

Biden then said that the US military would respond “if there was indeed an unprecedented attack.”

White House officials later said official US policy had not changed, and would not say whether US forces would be called in to defend Taiwan. Biden has made the claim before, but the statements come at an increasingly tense time for US-China relations, especially after a visit by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last month.

Beijing sees official US contact with Taiwan as an incentive to make the island’s decades-long de facto independence permanent, a move Biden and other US leaders say they do not support.

The president said the US commitment to Ukraine was “troubling” and would remain so “as long as it takes”. The Ukrainian army engaged in a counteroffensive that recaptured towns and cities from Russian troops. But the toll the war has taken is enormous, and new atrocities are being uncovered, including torture chambers and mass graves. The US has provided more than $13.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine since January 2021.

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