Alyssa Farah Griffin, co-host of “The View,” made waves on Monday when she said the revelation that classified documents were found in a private office President Joe Biden used at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement was a “huge win” for Donald Trump, noting it “kills” the Mar-a-Lago case.
Farah Griffin, a former Trump administration aide, said during Monday’s show: “Absolutely no one’s going to like this take, but I’m going to go there anyway. I want to be clear the facts are different than the Trump case; however, I think this is a huge win for Trump.”
The co-host added: “Because if you’re Merrick Garland, who is already extremely cautious and doesn’t want to break the longstanding precedent of not indicting a president, it’s very hard to make the case that Donald Trump should be indicted for this, even though the facts are different, when he can argue, ‘well, now the vice president also took home classified documents.’ I think this kills the case.”
Co-host Sunny Hostin, a progressive and Biden ally, disagreed with Farah Griffin, saying, “facts matter,” and argued that the Biden and Trump cases, which both involve “classified documents,” were not similar.
Many aspects of the Trump case are disputed. Though a complete inventory of seized items by the FBI has yet to be made available to the public, and a ruling regarding whether or not the documents were “classified” has yet to be made, Hostin alleged that Trump had “top-secret classified information, including things that would put people’s lives in danger including nuclear documents and there were 300 documents found.”
“That’s like comparing apples to orangutans,” Hostin argued.
Farah Griffin responded by alleging that Biden did not legally transport the documents to his office at the Penn Biden Center, then played a clip of President Biden blasting Trump after classified documents were reportedly seized from his office in Mar-a-Lago.
“That doesn’t legally change the fact that you did not transport them securely,” Farah Griffin said.
Last September, Biden said of the documents found at Trump’s home:
“How could that possibly happen, how one anyone could be that irresponsible? And I thought what data was in there that may compromise sources and methods. By that, I mean, names of people helped or et cetera.”
The classified documents found at the Penn Biden Center pertain to happenings when Biden served as vice president. The documents were found a few days before the November midterms and made public on Monday.
Co-host Sara Haines provided tentative support to Farah Griffin, agreeing that the discovery of classified documents at a private office used by Biden was not going to help the case against Trump.
Co-host Whoopi Goldberg minimized the revelation of the documents by saying; we don’t know if the documents found at Biden’s think tank were actually “classified.”
In September, Goldberg stated Trump should be arrested and was doing her best to “think him into jail.”
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