The editors of the Washington Post chide President Biden for his mishandling of classified documents. Both he and President Trump did the wrong things. Leaving aside the bickering over who was wrong-er, their conclusion is about right:
But none of that lets Mr. Biden off the hook. It is important that authority figures try to follow the rules and own up to their mistakes when they make them. Justice Department guidelines mean that no sitting president will be indicted. But maximum allowable transparency is vital. Mr. Biden needs to ditch the defensiveness. Acknowledging that he has grounds for regret would be a good start.
Eventually, perhaps the Congress will come around to the realization that a process for the change from one administration to the next needs to be codified into law, even amending the Constitution in the process if necessary. We have now had at least two consecutive administrations in which the process was bungled (from Obama to Trump leaving classified documents in Joe Biden’s possession, from Trump to Biden leaving classified documents in Trump’s possession). I suspect that the transition has been bungled much more frequently than that.
Absent that the bickering only serves political actors.