Former President Donald Trump wants to cash in on President Biden’s classified documents scandal.
In a campaign fundraising email on Saturday, Mr Trump called on his supporters to “step up and GIVE UP” against a “blatant DOUBLE STANDARD” after the White House revealed that Mr Biden’s aides had uncovered five additional pages of classified documents . at his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
“5 more SECRET DOCUMENTS were found in Biden’s house! WHERE’S THE RAID?” an email from Mr. Trump’s campaign said.
“Unlike Joe Biden, President Trump has done NOTHING ASKED,” the email continued before a link to donate to his campaign.
The FBI seized dozens of boxes of classified material during a raid at Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, in August.
In November, President Biden appointed Jack Smith to oversee the investigation into Mr. Trump, including whether he illegally stored classified documents in his residence and office.
The search drew fire from Mr. Trump and other Republicans, who accused the Justice Department of political bias in conducting the high-profile search of the former president’s estate.
Republicans also questioned why the FBI did not conduct a similar search of Mr. Biden’s properties after a stash of classified government documents that Mr. Biden used when he was a professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania was discovered in a Washington office building.
The documents, which date back to Mr. Biden’s time as vice president, were discovered on Nov. 2, just six days before the midterm elections. The case only became public when CBS news learned about it.
A second batch of classified documents was later found in Mr. Biden’s garage in Wilmington by White House aides. Mr. Biden’s staff notified the Justice Department of the discovery of the second batch on December 20.
The White House confirmed the first batch on Monday and revealed additional findings in a series of statements in recent days.
Federal law strictly prohibits the removal or storage of classified documents or materials outside of secure locations without authorization, which Mr. Biden, the Obama White House vice president, would not have.
House Republicans, now the majority, have vowed to investigate Mr. Biden’s mishandling of classified material. Attorney General Merrick Garland also appointed special prosecutor Robert K. Gurr to investigate the case, noting the “extraordinary” nature of the situation.