At least two Democratic senators have called for a full investigation into President Joe Biden’s handling of classified materials, after several batches of documents were found at an office and his home in Delaware.
“The reports about President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents are extremely irresponsible and disturbing,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) told Fox News on Jan. 20. “These allegations should be investigated fully.”
The development “raises serious questions, and the appointment of an unbiased special prosecutor to investigate the matter is the right step,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told Fox.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), who recently confirmed she won’t be running for reelection in 2024, told NBC News last week that the reports of handling classified documents are a bad look for the White House.
“Well, it’s certainly embarrassing, right?” Stabenow said. “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.”
Their comments came just hours before Biden’s lawyer confirmed that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had searched his Delaware residence. An FBI spokesperson confirmed to Fox News on Jan. 21 that the search had taken place.
“DOJ took possession of materials it deemed within the scope of its inquiry, including 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,” Bob Bauer, Biden’s attorney, said. “DOJ also took for further review personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years.”
Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick confirmed on Jan. 21 that the FBI had executed “a planned, consensual search” of the president’s residence in Wilmington. The president and First Lady Jill Biden weren’t at the home when it was searched. They were spending the weekend at their home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Speaking to reporters during a trip to California on Jan. 19, Biden said he was “fully cooperating and looking forward to getting this resolved quickly.”
“We found a handful of documents were filed in the wrong place,” Biden said. “We immediately turned them over to the Archives and the Justice Department.”
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