Senior Democrats are growing more disturbed by President Joe Biden’s hoarding of sensitive information and the White House’s fumbled answers to the problem.
According to the Associated Press, Democratic senators scheduled to appear on television shows were grilled about the newest developments in Biden’s administration.
Most of them surfaced within 24 hours after an FBI investigation of Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, residence on Friday turned up further documents marked “classified” and resulted in the seizure of some of his handwritten notes.
Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Dem in the Senate, complained to CNN that Joe Biden should be “embarrassed by the circumstances,” the president has given up the moral high ground on a matter that has already implicated former President Donald Trump.
Durbin went on to argue that blame for the litany of falsehoods and half-truths ultimately falls on Biden’s shoulders:
“Of course. Let’s be honest here. When that knowledge is discovered, it lowers the status of everyone who has it because it is not meant to happen. The elected official is the one who’s ultimately responsible,” Durbin stated.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has assigned special counsels to investigate the most recent instances.
Senator Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., told CNN and NBC’s “Meet the Press” that the president “should have a lot of regrets.” You might just as easily say, ‘Listen, it’s irresponsible.'” The president stated that there was “no there there” and that he had “zero regrets” about how and when the public heard about the papers.
The US Justice Department is not convinced by that promise and has stated that it would continue to investigate.
Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., the new chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, stated on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures” that he took Biden’s word “when the initial batch of documents were discovered. But now it’s gone from being careless to outright frightening.”
White House officials are reportedly skeptical about how Biden’s secret document problem was released to the press so rapidly after just a small number of DOJ and White House officials were aware of the first violations.