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>>> NEW CNNREPORTING ON THE CLASSIFIED DISCOVERY KICKING UP A STORM OFQUESTIONS FOR THE CURRENT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.A SOURCE TELLING CNN THE DOCUMENTS FOUND IN JOE BIDEN’SPRIVATE OFFICE INCLUDED INTELLIGENCE MEMOS AN A RANGE OFALLIES AND ADVERSARY, IRAN AMONG THEM.MORE DETAYS IN A MOMENT. MINUTES AGO, NO RESPONSE FROMPRESIDENT BIDEN. HE IS IN MEXICO AND WAS SHOUTEDQUESTIONS ABOUT THIS. IT’S A REPEAT LAST NIGHT.THE PRESIDENT HEARING THEN.

IGNORING SHOUTED QUESTIONS ASKEDTO TALK ABOUT THAT DISCLOSURE. LOOK AT THE PICTURE.WHERE IS HE? NEXT TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OFTHE UNITED STATES, MERRICK GARLAND WHO WILL EVENTUALLY HAVETO DECIDE IF THIS INQUIRY INTO HIS BOSS DESERVES A SPECIALCOUNSEL. HERE IS WHAT WE KNOW THIS HOUR.THE FIND THAT SPARKED A FEDERAL INVESTIGATION ORDERED BYATTORNEY GENERAL GARLAND AND LED BY A CHICAGO U.S. ATTORNEY WHOIS A TRUMP ADMINISTRATION HOLDOVER.TEN DOCUMENTS, A SOURCE SAYS,.

WERE CLASSIFIED MARKINGS ANDTHEY DATE BACK TO MR. BIDEN’S TIME AS VICE PRESIDENT.AND BIDEN LAWYERS SAY THEY FOLLOWED PROCEDURE TO THE LETTERIMMEDIATELY ALERTING THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES WHEN THOSEDOCUMENTS WERE FOUND BACK ON NOVEMBER 2nd.BUT THERE IS ALSO PLENTY STILL IN NEED OF EXPLANATION HERE.NO EXPLANATION AS OF RIGHT NOW FOR WHY MR. BIDEN HAD THOSEDOCUMENTS OR EXACTLY WHAT THEY CONTAINED.NO EXPLANATION ALSO ABOUT WHY THE BIDEN WHITE HOUSE KEPT WORDOF THE DOCUMENTS AND THE.

INVESTIGATION QUIET FOR TWO PLUSMONTHS NOW. ALREADY, REPUBLICANS MAKING AVERY PUBLIC CASE, CONGRESS SHOULD LOOK INTO THIS.>> HOW LONG HAVE THEY BEEN SITTING AROUND?WHO HAD ACCESS ALL OF THIS TIME? HOW MANY PEOPLE HAD ACCESS ALLOF THIS TIME? WHERE IS THE FBI RAID?YOU KNOW, WHERE IS THIS BIG SHOW OF FORCE TO MAKE SURE THERE’S NOOTHER CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS THERE?>> I DON’T KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE IN THE VOLUME AND THEDIFFERENCE IN COOPERATION.

I THINK THOSE ARE QUESTIONS THATWE’VE GOT TO HAVE A COMMITTEE ASK.I GUESS AT THIS POINT I’M NOT WILLING TO TAKE THE BIDENADMINISTRATION’S WORD FOR IT. LET’S ASK A FEW FOLLOW-UPQUESTIONS. >> WITH ME IN STUDIO TO SHARETHEIR REPORTING CNN’S DANA BASH, CNN’S EVAN PEREZ, THE FORMERPROSECUTOR PROSECUTOR SHAN WU AND JAMIE GANGLE.W >> WHAT WAS DISCOVERED?YOUR REPORTING IS THE SEARCH OF A PRIVATE OFFICE, LAWYERSINVOLVED BECAUSE THE FORMER VICE.

PRESIDENT NOW PRESIDENT KNEWTHERE WERE SENSITIVE MATERIALS IN THERE, HE WANTED SOMEBODYSENSITIVE LOOKING AT THEM AND COME ACROSS AN ENVELOPE, OWN ITUP AND — >> I THINK WE HAVE TO UNDERSCORE98%, 99% OF WHAT IS FOUND IN THIS OFFICE IS ABSOLUTELYPERSONAL BIDEN MATERIAL, INCLUDING THINGS LIKE THEARRANGEMENTS FOR HIS SON BEAU’S FUNERAL, CONDOLENCE LETTERS,WHAT HAPPENS IS AS THEY’RE GOING THROUGH THE BOXES, THE LAWYERWHO IS DOING IT FOR BECAUSE THESE WERE CONFIDENTIAL FAMILYMATERIALS OPENS A BOX AND THERE.

IS A PLAIN MANILA ENVELOPE THATSAYS IT’S STAMPED VP PERSONAL. SO MAYBE THAT’S HOW THIS ALLHAPPENED WHEN IT GOT PACKED UP SOMEONE THOUGHT IT WAS PERSONAL.THE LAWYER OPENS THE ENVELOPE AND THERE IS SOMETHING THAT SAYSCLASSIFIED RIGHT THERE. HE CLOSES THE ENVELOPE, HOUSTON,WE HAVE A PROBLEM, HE MAKES THE APPROPRIATE CALLS, HE SAYS TOTHE NATIONAL ARCHIVES, COME AND GET IT.WHAT WE KNOW IS THAT WHEN THEY GO THROUGH — THERE WERE ABOUTTHREE OR FOUR BOXES THAT DID NOT APPEAR ONCE THEY STARTED GOINGTHROUGH THEM TO HAVE JUST.

PERSONAL THINGS AND WHAT THEYFIND, A NUMBER OF RECORDS THAT ARE UNCLASSIFIED, BUT FALL UNDERTHE PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS ACT AND THEN THEY FIND TEN DOCUMENTSTHAT ARE CLASSIFIED. AND WHAT MY SOURCE SAYS IS THEYINCLUDE INTELLIGENCE MEMOS, NATIONAL SECURITY MEMOS,BACKGROUND BRIEFING MEMOS THAT COVER AREAS FROM IRAN, UKRAINEAND THE UK. >> ALL RIGHT.WAIT, COME BACK TO THIS FOR MORE.WHERE ARE WE IN THIS INVESTIGATION?THE PRESIDENT IS OVERSEAS RIGHT.

NOW WHILE HE’S SOUTH OF THEBORDER OUT OF THE COUNTRY WITH THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THEUNITED STATES WHO WHEN HE GOT WIND OF THIS DECIDED HE WANTEDSOMEBODY WHO HE COULD SAY WAS IMPARTIAL TO LOOK AT THIS SO THETRUMP APPOINTED U.S. ATTORNEY IN CHICAGO LOOKS AT THIS.WHAT’S THE PROCESS. >> RIGHT, SO JOHN LAUCH, ONE OFTHE TRUMP APPOINTEES WHO REMAINED IN THE CURRENT JUSTICEDEPARTMENT HAS BEEN DOING A REVIEW WITH THE FBI AND THIS ISA STANDARD PROCESS, THIS HAPPENS ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW, MORE OFTENTHAN PEOPLE REALIZE, NOT JUST.

WITH FORMER PRESIDENTS ANDFORMER VICE PRESIDENTS, SO THE FBI HAS A PROCESS WHERE THEYTAKE A LOOK AT THESE DOCUMENTS TO TRY TO UNDERSTAND, YOU KNOW,WHETHER THEY’RE STILL CLASSIFIED, WHAT — WHO OWNSTHAT INFORMATION, WHICH INTELLIGENCE AGENCY WOULD OWNTHAT INFORMATION AND WHETHER THERE’S BEEN ANY HARM DONE TONATIONAL SECURITY AS A RESULT OF THEM BEING STORED IN A PLACEWHERE THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN AND CLEARLY THIS IS WHAT THECASE, WHAT HAPPENED HERE. WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS HE AND HISTEAM COMPLETED THE INITIAL PART.

AND HAVE COME BACK TO THEJUSTICE DEPARTMENT AND COME BACK TO MERRICK GARLAND AND THEATTORNEY GENERAL FACES AN IMPORTANT DECISION, SORT OF LIKEAN INFLEX POINT OF THIS INVESTIGATION WHICH IS, WHAT DOWE DO NEXT? DO WE OPEN A FORMAL FULL-BLOWNINVESTIGATION AND HAVING SEEN MERRICK GARLAND OPERATE, CHRISWRAY OPERATE, I THINK WE’VE SEEN THEM MAKE SURE EVERYTHING ISDONE BY THE BOOK, CROSS EVERY “T.”DOT EVERY “I.” THAT’S WHERE I WOULD SUSPECT WEGO NEXT.

>> SO LET’S TRY TO BRING INFACTS AND INTERSECT THEM WITH THE INEVITABLE POLITICS.THIS IS GETTING MORE ATTENTION THAN MAYBE IT MIGHT OTHERWISEBECAUSE OF DONALD TRUMP, THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITEDSTATES AND ALL THE DOCUMENTS FOUND AT MAR-A-LAGO.FROM WHAT WE KNOW SO FAR AND KEEP AN OPEN MIND, THERE ARESOME SIGNIFICANT AND VERY, VERY IMPORTANT FACTUAL DIFFERENCES.THAT DOESN’T MEAN POLITICALLY. WE’LL GET TO THE POLITICS IN AMINUTE. YOU SEE THE REPUBLICANS BRING INTHE CONGRESS, INVESTIGATE, SEE,.

EVERYBODY DOES IT.HERE WE GO. IN BIDEN’S CASE, FEWER THAN 12DOCUMENTS. SOME TOP SECRET.HIS ATTORNEYS FOUND THIS IMMEDIATELY RAISED THEIR HANDAND SAY WE HAVE A PROBLEM. PLEASE, WHAT’S THE PROCESS?IN TRUMP’S CASE, 160 PLUS DOCUMENTS.60 TOP SECRET. HE’S BEEN UNDER INVESTIGATION.HE HAD LAWYERS SIGN OFF THAT ALL OF THEM WERE RETURNED.THEY FOUND OUT THEY WERE NOT RETURNED.THIS WENT ON FOR MONTHS AND.

MONTHS AND IS STILL ONGOING.WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE DIFFERENCES WE KNOW RIGHT NOWFROM A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE AND WHAT ARE YOUR QUESTIONS FOR THECURRENT, THE BIDEN TEAM IN THIS CURRENT CONTEXT?>> FROM A LEGAL PERSPECTIVE, TOTALLY DIFFERENT KINDS OF CASE,I MEAN, EVERYTHING FROM THE WAY THAT THE LAWYERS BEHAVED INTERMS OF IMMEDIATELY TURNING IT OVER TO THE TRANSPARENCY ATTHEIR NOW SAYING THEY’VE APPOINTED — NOT APPOINTED, THEYHAVE ASSIGNED A PARTICULAR U.S. ATTORNEY TO LOOK.HOW DID THE DOCUMENTS GET THERE.

AND THAT WILL TAKE A LITTLE WORKBECAUSE IT HAPPENED A WHILE BACK.THEY NEED TO TRACE THAT. HOW SECURE WERE THEY IN THATPARTICULAR ROOM AND PROBABLY THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTION, DIDPRESIDENT BIDEN KNOW THAT THE DOCUMENTS WERE THERE?DID HE HAVE ANY ROLE IN PACKING THEM UP?>> WE MAY GET ANSWERS LATER TODAY.THE PRESIDENT IS SUPPOSED TO TAKE QUESTIONS.HE HAS REFUSED TO SAKE QUESTIONS DURING HIS EVENTS IN MEXICO.HE WANTS TO FOCUS ON THE.

IMPORTANT BUSINESS OF WHAT HE’SDISCUSSING THERE AND WILL HAVE MORE OF A NEWS CONFERENCE LATERTODAY WHERE WE SHOULD GET ANSWERS.ONE THING HE WILL HAVE TO ANSWER FOR, AGAIN, THE FACTS AS WE KNOWTHEM SO FAR ARE VERY DIFFERENT, PRESIDENT BIDEN, FORMERPRESIDENT TRUMP. THEY’RE VERY DIFFERENT, BUT, BUTTHIS IS JOE BIDEN, TALKING ABOUT DONALD TRUMP, HE’S GOING TO HAVETO ANSWER FOR THIS. >> WHEN YOU SAW THE PHOTOGRAPHOF THE TOP SECRET DOCUMENTS LAID OUT ON THE FLOOR AT MAR-A-LAGO,WHAT DID YOU THINK TO YOURSELF.

LOOKING AT THAT IMAGE?>> HOW THAT COULD POSSIBLY HAPPEN.HOW ANYONE COULD BE THAT IRRESPONSIBLE AND I THOUGHT,WHAT DATA WAS IN THERE THAT MAY COMPROMISE SOURCES AND METHODS?BY THAT I MEAN NAMES OF PEOPLE, ET CETERA.AND IT JUST TOTALLY IRRESPONSIBLE.>> AGAIN, THE FACTS ARE DIFFERENT BUT THE TOTALLYIRRESPONSIBLE PART, JOE BIDEN, 40 YEARS IN THE SENATE, 8 YEARSAS VICE PRESIDENT, HIS CALLING CARD IS I KNOW HOW TO DO THESENSITIVE STUFF.

I KNOW HOW TO DO THE HARD STUFF.I DON’T MAKE THESE KIND OF MISTAKES, EVEN IF IT’S AN HONESTMISTAKE, THERE’S A TRAIL, WHEN THESE DOCUMENTS ARE REMOVED FROMA SENSITIVE PLACE SOMEBODY KNOWS THEY’RE REMOVED.THERE’S A LOG AND GO OUT TO A FILE.NOW HE WILL HAVE TO ANSWER. >> PIE UNDERSTANDING IS HE KNOWSHE’S GOING TO HAVE TO ANSWER FOR IT.IS PREPARED TO DO IT WHEN HE FACES REPORTERS LATER TODAY WHENHE’S IN MEXICO. AND THAT HE — THERE IS A VERYCLEAR-EYED UNDERSTANDING OF THE.

POLITICS OF THIS INSIDE THEBIDEN ADMINISTRATION. >> FORGIVE ME BUT TRUMP DOESN’TDO NUANCE. HE WILL SAY, SEE, HE DOES ITTOO. >> THIS IS THE PROBLEM BECAUSEIT IS VERY HARD TO EXPLAIN. YOU HAVE TO HAVE PEOPLE WHO AREWILLING TO LISTEN BEYOND THE, SEE, I TOLD YOU SO AND OURPOLARIZED ENVIRONMENT IT’S HARD TO GET PEOPLE TO LISTEN.THE EXPLANATION FOR WHY THEY’RE THERE, WE STILL DO NOT KNOW ANDI DON’T THINK WE’LL KNOW UNTIL THE INVESTIGATION IS OVER AND MYUNDERSTANDING IS THAT THE.

PRESIDENT IS GOING TO BE CAREFULWITH THAT BECAUSE OF THE DOJ INQUIRY, MAYBE NOT ANINVESTIGATION YET. BUT WHEN IT COMES TO THE FACTSYOU JUST LAID OUT IN THAT GRAPHIC, THAT IS WHAT YOU AREGOING TO HEAR FROM THE PRESIDENT AND HE’S RIGHT.THEY ARE VERY, VERY DIFFERENT SITUATIONS.THE TRUMP SITUATION WAS, HE OR HIS PEOPLE TOOK CLASSIFIEDINFORMATION AND THEN MISLED OR EVEN LIED TO THE NATIONALARCHIVES AND THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT ABOUT WHAT HE HAD TOTHE POINT WHERE THEY HAD TO GO.

RAID.THE BIDEN PEOPLE FOUND SOMETHING IN A CLOSET ACCORDING TO YOUREXCELLENT REPORTING, JAMIE, AS SOON AS THEY FOUND IT, THEYTURNED IT OVER. IT’S PAST TENSE.IT’S DONE. IT’S NOT ONGOING.

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