When the Federal Bureau of Investigation last year searched former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence for classified documents, political commentators celebrated the raid. CNN anchors quoted then-speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) who reminded viewers, “No one is above the law, even an ex-president.” In one headline the Intercept asked: “Could Trump Go Down Like Al Capone?”
But now that reports have emerged that President Joe Biden’s attorneys discovered classified documents at Biden’s office at a Washington, D.C., think tank, the media have changed their tune, defending the president against accusations of misconduct.
“The mishandling of classified information does happen quite a bit, every day within the federal government,” former CIA attorney Brian Greer told CNN. “The situations were different between what happened with Donald Trump and Joe Biden,” CNN correspondent Manu Raju reported from the Capitol.