CNN has changed its tone on improper handling of classified documents. The network spent day and night bashing Former President Donald Trump for the documents he possessed. But CNN has been very forgiving since President Joe Biden has now found himself in trouble due to classified documents recently revealed to have been improperly kept and stored by Biden.
CNN's new defense for Joe Biden having classified documents for six years at his 'think tank' and his Delaware home?
EVERYONE does it! It "happens almost every day!" Things are way too overclassified! pic.twitter.com/ghzWMd3WqN
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 19, 2023
The current president finds himself in shark-infested waters after it has been discovered that he took troves of documents during his vice presidency to multiple locations.
CNN now says that this “happens every day.” Contrarily, CNN felt that the former president had violated the Espionage Act.
“The Justice Department removed 11 sets of classified documents from former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence while executing a search warrant this week for possible violations of the Espionage Act and other crimes,” they said.
Additionally, they reported that Trump had possibly taken nuclear secrets. The report was never accurately confirmed.
The network differentiated the cases between Trump and Biden. Of course, they made President Biden’s case seem less than it actually is. They reported that Joe Biden’s legal team was “cooperative” while the former president is under investigation for “obstruction.”
In a partisan manner, CNN reported, “Biden’s private attorneys found the documents and then notified the National Archives. For Trump, the National Archives spent more than a year pursuing documents from his time as president.”
Clearly, CNN is trying to excuse President Biden. They are bashing Trump less to avoid being seen as hypocrites; however, they will go through any avenue to excuse the actions of the current president.
The network stated that Trump “refused” to hand over the documents to the archives. This is true, yet they failed to mention that a president is not required to turn over documents they can declassify.
Unlike a president, the vice president does not have the authority to declassify any documents. Therefore, Biden’s case is far more complex than Trump’s.
The Presidential Records Act (PRA) established public ownership of all presidential records.
Overall, CNN has attempted to draw distinctions between the cases of both presidents. While there are distinctions, Joe Biden does not have any legitimate excuses for his actions. As president, Donald Trump had the power to declassify documents.