The classified documents found inside the Washington, D.C., offices of Joe Biden’s Penn Biden Center think tank, and a subsequent finding of more classified documents found inside the garage of Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, home a stirring up quite a storm, and those who attacked former President Donald Trump for having certain documents in his possession are melting down at questions about Biden’s possession of classified documents.
Unlike the 45th president, Joe Biden as vice president did not have declassification authority over any documents. Former President Trump repeatedly stated from the beginning that he himself had declassified the documents found in his Florida home before he left the Oval Office as president. but Joe Biden did not ever have that authority over the documents found in his off-site office and home garage. It is interesting also to note that while Trump stored his documents, which were slated for his presidential museum, in an interior room of his home approved by the FBI with additional locks placed at FBI request, Biden had his documents merely placed in his garage.
This week, Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday appointed a special counsel to investigate President Biden’s handling of classified documents dating back to the Obama administration. The attorney general tapped Robert Hur, a former U.S. attorney, to handle the investigation. The Justice Department escalated it to a special counsel investigation from a mere review on Thursday after the second stash of documents was found in the garage.
As the media reports on the story, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., found himself on defense Friday when CNN’s Don Lemon criticized his claim that President Biden was being “transparent” about the alleged mishandling of classified government documents, Fox News reported.
During an appearance on “CNN This Morning,” Schumer said it was “too early to tell” whether Biden had violated federal law and that the president had handled the situation “correctly.” Schumer said he supported the decision by Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special counsel to oversee the matter and claimed his comments on classified documents have been consistent between Biden and former President Donald Trump.
After Schumer urged the American people to let the investigation play out, Lemon asked him whether he felt Biden and his team had been transparent about the documents. “I think the Biden folks, as I said, cooperated with the prosecutorial authorities from day one, and Donald Trump didn’t,” Schumer said.
Schumer claimed he believed it was premature to comment on what should be done in former President Donald Trump’s case and will apply the same logic to Biden. “The bottom line is, I said that night it was premature to comment on what should be done, and I stood by that,” Schumer said.
“For President Trump?” Lemon asked. “Yes, former President Trump. That’s exactly right. That’s what I said,” Schumer said
Lemon then pushed back on Schumer’s stance and began reading a report from CNN on the documents. “According to one justice’s official statement, this week offered an incomplete narrative of documents from Biden’s time as vice president and reinforced the need for a special counsel. It creates the impression that Biden’s team has something to hide,” Lemon said, Fox News reported.
Schumer then reiterated his position to allow the special prosecutors to investigate and instead focus on things that help the American people.
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): Don, there’s now a special prosecutors. Let’s see what they have to say. We can have all the speculation and comment. Let’s see what they have to say and let’s focus on doing things that help the American people.
DON LEMON, CNN: But, Senator, I have to get — I have to say this. You seem much more measured about this than with the Trump documents because you called for transparency with the Trump documents. You wanted lawmakers to have access to the documents seized from the former president, his residence in Florida, which it seems like you —
SCHUMER: The bottom line is, I said that night it was premature to comment on what should be done, and I stood by that.
LEMON: For President Trump?
SCHUMER: Yes, former President Trump. That’s exactly right. That’s what I said.
LEMON: So, you think that your statements are consistent for both?
SCHUMER: I sure do. You bet.
Co-host Poppy Harlow jumped into the conversation and said there is a question of transparency with the Biden White House, Schumer snapped back, “The prosecutors will get to the bottom of this, and let’s let them do it, for God’s sake. I know you want to buzz around—”
“Let me buzz for a minute. Let me buzz for one minute, and we’ll get to something else,” Harlow said as the table began talking over each other.
“Hold on,” Lemon said, cutting into the back and forth. “It’s not just us buzzing, you’re the head of the Democratic Senate; it’s not just us buzzing around.”