House Republicans on Sunday were up in arms over President Biden’s apparent mishandling of classified documents, vowing to launch their own investigation and provide oversight of the Justice Department’s investigation.
On Saturday, his lawyers revealed that a third set of classified materials was in Mr. Biden’s personal possession, prompting sharp criticism from Republican lawmakers and accusations of hypocrisy after federal investigators seized similar classified documents from former President Donald Trump’s private company Mar-a Trump -Lago residence last year.
“It just shows the hypocrisy and why the American public doesn’t trust their government,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-California, said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.” “We will play a role in monitoring what is happening here. My concern is how justice is applied and is it applied equally? Why are you raiding President Trump?”
Representative Chris Stewart, Republican of Utah, called Mr. Biden’s defense that he did not know he had materials related to his time as vice president “nonsense.”
House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, Republican of Kentucky, questioned why the discovery was not made public until last week, when Mr. Biden’s lawyers first found the documents days before the November midterm elections. On Sunday, he sent a letter to the White House chief of staff, Ronald Klein, demanding that he release the visitor log of Mr. Biden’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware, where some of the material was found.
“This is the same type of investigation that the Democrats were so outraged and started and demanded to be done into President Trump. What we’re seeing with President Biden is multiple places,” Mr. Comer said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We would never have known about the possession of classified documents if it weren’t for the CBS investigation that somehow got leaked. , to determine that this happened before the election. The administration has not been transparent about President Biden’s possession of classified documents, and we just want equal treatment.”
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Even Democrats expressed concern about the risks to national security and acknowledged that the episode was “embarrassing” for Mr. Biden. Unauthorized removal and possession of classified documents is illegal under federal law.
The White House acknowledged over the weekend that additional classified material had been found at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, marking the third time the president’s lawyers have discovered classified documents in his belongings. Other documents were previously found in the garage of his home and in his former offices at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C. when he was vice president.
The Justice Department has appointed a special counsel to investigate, as it did in the case of Mr. Trump’s apparent misuse of classified documents.
“It’s certainly embarrassing,” Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, who will not seek re-election next year, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “It’s embarrassing that you found a small number of documents, certainly not on purpose. They don’t think that’s right, and they’re trying to fix it by working with the Department of Justice, working with everyone involved with the archives. It’s one of those moments that they obviously wish didn’t happen.”
Representative Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who was chairman of the Intelligence Committee in the previous Congress, said the intelligence community should conduct an assessment to determine the potential harm to national security from having such classified materials in his private residence and office.
“I don’t think we can rule that possibility out without knowing more facts,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “I would like to know what these documents are. I would like to know what [intelligence community’s] the assessment is whether there has been a risk of exposure and what damage will be caused, and whether any mitigation measures need to be taken.’
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