Democratic lawmakers continue to point the finger at former President Donald Trump amid new revelations that President Biden and former Vice President Mike Pence improperly kept classified documents.
Dozens of classified documents were found in Pence’s Indiana home last week. The news comes on the heels of investigations into Biden and Trump for their own alleged mishandling of classified documents. Pence’s legal team turned over classified documents to the National Archives on Jan. 18, and the National Archives later told the FBI, according to standard procedure.
Sen. Dick Durbin, R-Ill., chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters Wednesday that because Pence and Biden cooperated with authorities in promptly handing over classified documents, they are different from Trump, whose “obstructions” and “obstructions” are at the heart of it. “criminal investigation”.
“I’ve reached a point, I’m not surprised, and I should be,” Durbin added of Pence’s reports. “As careful as we are in dealing with these documents, which are secret and classified, as members of Congress, it appears the executive branch is not so careful.”
During January, reports emerged that Biden had turned over four separate batches of classified documents found among his personal belongings at his home and office in Wilmington, Delaware, to the Penn Biden Center in Washington, DC. Last year, Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida was the subject of a controversial FBI raid that turned up more than 300 classified documents.
Rep. Roh Hana, D-Calif., who is an assistant to the chairman of the Democratic Party, called for a bipartisan view in Biden’s mishandling of documents. Hanna responded to the news about the former vice president during an appearance on “CNN Newsroom,” calling for an end to the “partisan attacks” on Pence and Biden and accusing Republicans of trying to score “political points” against Biden.
According to Hanna, it appears that Pence is cooperating. “That is, I think what people need to realize is a stark contrast to what President Trump has done.”
Lawmakers from Democrats and Republicans accused the other side of hypocrisy on this matter since Biden’s classified documents became known. Recent revelations from the Pence camp further complicate the debate.
“Pence, Biden and Trump have to answer the same set of questions: How many documents? How serious? How did you get them? Who had access to them? Do you cooperate? All of these situations are very serious and there should be an equal standard for everyone,” Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia told Fox News Digital on Wednesday.
“Processing secret materials and state secrets are very serious business, and as a former Vice President of the United States, I can speak from personal experience about the kind of care that should be given to these materials while you are in office and after you leave office, and Obviously, that was not the case in this case,” Pence told FOX Business earlier this month, referring to the Justice Department, which is reportedly looking into Biden’s mishandling of classified documents.
Documents discovered at Pence’s home in Carmel, Indiana date back to his time as vice president. Pence has agreed to cooperate fully with congressional oversight on the matter, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, D-Kyiv, said in a statement.