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DJ Biden Says Trump Shouldn't Get Intelligence Briefings Due to 'Erratic Behavior'

· 02/05/2021 19:21
By Catherine Lucey

WASHINGTON -- President Biden said that former President Donald Trump shouldn't have access to intelligence briefings due to his "erratic behavior unrelated to the insurrection."

Mr. Biden told CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell that he saw no reason for his predecessor to get briefings, saying: "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?"

CBS released excerpts of the interview, which will air in full Sunday, on Friday evening.

Representatives for Mr. Trump didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said earlier this week that Mr. Biden's national security team was looking into whether to extend intelligence briefings to Mr. Trump.

"It's something, obviously, that's under review, but there was not a conclusion last I asked them about it," Ms. Psaki said.

Mr. Trump was impeached in the House of Representatives on a charge that he incited an insurrection last month at the U.S. Capitol. Rioters breached the building on Jan. 6 after Mr. Trump encouraged them to march there and to pressure Congress to overturn Mr. Biden's win.

Susan Gordon, who served as the principal deputy director of national intelligence from 2017 to 2019, wrote in the Washington Post last month that every modern president has received access to intelligence briefings and classified information after leaving office, but she recommended that the privilege not be afforded to Mr. Trump.

"With this simple act -- which is solely the new president's prerogative -- Joe Biden can mitigate one aspect of the potential national security risk posed by Donald Trump, private citizen," she wrote.

Write to Catherine Lucey at catherine.lucey@wsj.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

February 05, 2021 19:21 ET (00:21 GMT)

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