Of the handful of Democrats who’ve spoken out about President Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified documents, a few are now calling for a full investigation into the matter.
“The reports about President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents are extremely irresponsible and disturbing. These allegations should be investigated fully,” Sen. Joe Manchin told Fox News on Friday.
“This news raises serious questions, and the appointment of an unbiased special prosecutor to investigate the matter is the right step,” Sen. Tim Kaine added.
Meanwhile, Rep. Katie Porter said during a town hall last Tuesday that she and her colleagues “definitely” want “to get answers from the White House” about the documents.
“Classified documents belong in classified settings, and I think you heard me say oversight is not a partisan thing. Good oversight means you’re willing to hold any rule breaker to account. We should be asking for answers in a respectful way, and we should be expecting to get honest ones,” she said.
Most Democrats are either ignoring the scandal or making defensive remarks on behalf of the Biden administration. Take outgoing Sen. Debbie Stabenow.
Embarrassing says Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) regarding President Biden’s comments last year about former President Trump’s handling of classified documents, amid the discovery of classified documents at Biden’s own residence.pic.twitter.com/bczTwhTLvB
— Adam Milstein (@AdamMilstein) January 16, 2023
“Well, it’s certainly embarrassing. Right? I mean, it’s embarrassing that you would find a small number of documents, certainly not on purpose,” she said on NBC last Sunday.
“They don’t think it’s the right thing and they’ve been moving to correct it, working with the Department of Justice, working with everyone involved, with the [National] Archives, and so from my perspective, you know, it’s one of those moments that obviously they wish hadn’t happened,” she added.
Keep in mind that all these comments were made BEFORE it was learned on Sunday that even more classified documents were found at the president’s Delaware residence.
As previously reported, in a statement to CNN issued Saturday, the president’s personal attorney confirmed that the FBI took possession of “six items consisting of documents with classification markings and surrounding materials, some of which were from the President’s service in the Senate and some of which were from his tenure as Vice President.”
“DOJ also took for further review personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years,” attorney Bob Bauer added.
— America First Newswire™ (@Amfirstnewswire) January 22, 2023
This bombshell came roughly a week after White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters they “should assume” that the search for more documents is “complete.”
Fox News notes that more documents were found the exact same night that the press secretary made this clearly false claim.
“On Jan. 13, a day after Jean-Pierre’s initial ‘complete’ remark, White House special counsel Richard Sauber said more classified documents were found Thursday evening,” according to Fox News.
And then a week later on Friday, the 20th, the FBI conducted its sweep and discovered the latest set of documents.
Republicans, who as a reminder now control the House, were not pleased by these developments.
“Biden’s White House claimed all classified documents were turned over. Now the Justice Department found more. Is the scavenger hunt over? Americans need answers now,” the House Oversight Committee tweeted late Saturday.
See more GOP responses below:
This says some of the docs are from his Senate service.
Serious Q: how on earth did he do that?
I’ve served in the Senate for 10 years. EVERY single classified doc I’ve read—100%—have been in a secure SCIF in the basement of the Capitol.
What the hell?? https://t.co/XXznYth2dA
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 22, 2023
I guess there wasn’t nothing there there, Mr. President.
— Rep. Darrell Issa (@repdarrellissa) January 22, 2023
Think about this—@JoeBiden has had classified documents lying around his home for YEARS with no explanation or accountability as to why.
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) January 22, 2023
BREAKING: An additional 6 classified documents were found at Biden’s residence.
How many more are there, Joe? And in how many different places?
— Sen. Marsha Blackburn (@MarshaBlackburn) January 22, 2023
The DOJ quietly raided Biden’s Delaware home on Friday and found MORE CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS. Will Biden be charged with obstruction of justice for continuing to LIE and hide documents? Why did the White House LIE multiple times about there being no additional documents?
— Rep. Mary Miller (@RepMaryMiller) January 22, 2023
After a 12 hour search, the DOJ has discovered even more classified documents at Joe Biden’s home.
Some of these go back to when Joe was in the Senate.
Remember when he touted his nearly 50 years in politics?
Turns out all he learned was how to be a crook.
— Lauren Boebert (@laurenboebert) January 22, 2023
Another set of classified documents found.
All I expect from this Administration is another set of lies.https://t.co/YzrREXpqbH
— Rep. Pat Fallon (@RepPatFallon) January 22, 2023
All this comes as a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll finds that 64 percent of all Americans, including 52 percent of Democrats, support Congress “investigating the classified documents found at [President] Biden’s home and post-vice-presidential office.”
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