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President Joe Biden says he believes former President Donald Trump should no longer receive intelligence briefings—a privilege granted to all former presidents—due to what he called Trump’s “erratic behavior.”
What are the details?
During an interview with “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell” that aired Friday, the host asked Biden, “Should President Trump still receive intelligence briefings?”
“I think not,” Biden replied. When asked to explain, he said, “Because of his erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection.”
O’Donnell noted, “I mean, you’ve called [Trump] an existential threat, you’ve called him dangerous, you’ve called him reckless.”
Biden responded, “Yeah, I have, and I believe it.”
The Democrat went on to say that while he “would rather not speculate out loud” about any fears he has about Trump receiving further intel, saying, “I just think that there’s no need for him to have the intelligence briefing.”
He the asked rhetorically, “What value is giving him an intelligence briefing? What impact does he have at all, other than the fact he might slip and say something?”
The Hill reported that “the White House said earlier this week that its national security team is conducting a review to determine whether Trump should continue to receive intelligence briefings after having left office,” noting that “CNN reported Thursday that the U.S. intelligence community would review any requests for intelligence briefings from Trump, in keeping with normal practice.”
President Trump is set to undergo a second impeachment trial in the Senate, after the House voted to impeach him for incitement of an insurrection due to his actions surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol by a mob of his supporters.
The former president has not wavered in his claim that the Nov. 3 election was “rigged” and stolen from him, and he held a rally ahead of the Capitol siege in protest of the Electoral College results—which were certified by Congress after members resumed the joint session that was interrupted by the deadly attack.
When O’Donnell asked Biden, a former longtime Senator from Delaware, how he would vote on whether to convict Trump were he still in the upper chamber, he refused to answer.
Biden then said of Trump, “Look, I ran like hell to defeat him because I thought he was unfit to be president. I’ve watched what everybody else watched, what happened when that crew invaded the United States Congress. But I’m not in the Senate now. I’ll let the Senate make that decision.”