House Republicans, now secure in their majority, are expressing outrage after classified documents were discovered at the Penn Biden Center, having been taken there by now-President Biden after he left the vice presidency nearly six years ago.
GOP lawmakers are demanding that Biden be subject to the same legal standards that were applied to former President Trump, who took hundreds of classified documents with him to Mar-a-Lago after leaving the White House in 2021. House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., told reporters Monday night that the handling of Biden's documents displays a “two-tier” justice system in contrast with the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago in Florida last year. He said his committee would be investigating the matter.
Other Republicans piled on Monday night. “Biden stole classified documents and stored them at his think tank while he was VP,” charged Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.
“The VP does not have any authority to declassify classified documents,” he added, giving a nod to Trump's argument that, as president, he had the unilateral authority to declassify every document he took with him to Mar-a-Lago.