Lawmakers who anticipated questions focused on Ukraine’s debt limit or aid when they were booked last week on Sunday’s news programs found themselves grilled about the latest developments over the weekend in the docudrama set to air. The Biden presidency is on the defensiveDuring a search of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, the president’s attorney said Saturday, the FBI found additional documents marked classified and obtained some notes in his handwriting.
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“Well, of course. Let’s be honest about it. When information is found, it degrades anyone who has it because it’s not supposed to happen. The elected official has ultimate responsibility,” Durbin said.
said Sen. Joe Manchin, DW.Va. Biden “should have a lot of regrets. … You could also say, ‘Listen, this is irresponsible. ‘” The president told reporters Thursday that he had “no regrets” about how and when the public learned of the documents and that there were “no. There.”
Despite their criticism, Biden’s fellow Democrats have defended what they say is his cooperation with the Justice Department as the search for additional classified materials begins. They compared it to Trump’s resistance to efforts to recover hundreds of documents after he left office.
“It’s an outrage if either of those happened,” Durbin said. “But the reaction of the former president and the current president could not have been more severe.”
Biden voluntarily allowed the FBI into his home on Friday, but the lack of a warrant did not hide the unusual nature of the search. She compounded the embarrassment for Biden that began earlier in January with revelations that the president’s attorneys had found a “small number” of classified records in a former office at the Ben Biden Center in Washington shortly before the Nov. 8 election.
The White House revealed that the Biden team found classified documents and official records on four occasions in recent months — on November 2 in the offices of the Ben Biden Center in Washington, and then in follow-up searches on December 20 in the parking garage. his home in Wilmington, and on January 11th and 12th in his main library.
The revelations have become a political liability as Biden prepares to start his re-election bid in 2024, and they have undermined his efforts to portray an adequate image for the American public after the turbulent presidency of his predecessor Trump.
Manchin denounced both men for handling sensitive security documents. “It’s hard to believe that in the United States of America, we have a former president and a current president in the same situation,” he said. “How does this happen?”
At the same time, Democrats were concerned that Biden’s troubles had created an opening for the newly empowered House Republicans.
Durbin said, “We have to worry, because this new group that has taken control of the House of Representatives has promised endless investigations, confrontations, impeachment and chaos, so what will happen?”
The new chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., said he took Biden “at his word when the first set of documents was found. … But now this has gone from just being irresponsible to downright scary.”
The Justice Department says Trump took hundreds of records marked secret when leaving the White House in early 2021 and resisted months of requests to return them to the government. Biden willingly handed over the documents as soon as they were found. But the case wears on Biden and his aides, who say they acted quickly and appropriately when the documents were discovered, and are working to be as transparent as possible.
Durbin has appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union,” was Manchin on CNN and NBC’s “Meet the Press” and Comer was interviewed on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Sung Min Kim reported from Rehoboth, Delaware.
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