On Sunday, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) joined CNN's Dana Bash on “State of the Union” to discuss the Biden classified document scandal and the potential damage that it will have on the president.
“I want to turn to the new classified documents that the FBI found at the president’s house in Delaware,” Dana Bash began. “It was a 13-hour search that happened on Friday. It’s just the latest revelation of the president having classified items that he shouldn’t have. You’ve been in Congress for 40 years. You’ve handled classified material for a lot of those years, probably most of them. How concerned are you about this?”
“Well, I’m concerned. There’s a standard we follow when it comes to members of Congress and classified information,” Senator Durbin said. “The door to my office is closed, the person that presents the document to me takes it out of a locked briefcase, hands it to me, and watches me as I read it. When I finish reading it, he takes it back, locks it in the briefcase, and leaves the scene. That's how carefully we review these documents.”
“To think that any of them ended up in boxes in storage one place or the other is just unacceptable,” he explained. “Having said that, let me make this point clear. Joe Biden has said from the start we are going to be totally transparent about this.”
“Let the chips fall where they may,” the Illinois senator continued. “I’m going to open my home voluntarily to a search, not the first search, I’m sure, of his offices and home. He has shown total cooperation in this effort. That’s a sharp contrast to President Trump.”
“At its heart, the issue is the same. Those documents shouldn't have been in the personal possession of either Joe Biden or Donald Trump,” the senator remarked. “It is outrageous that either occurred, but the reaction by the former president and the current president could not be in sharper contrast.”
“They are. They are very different, no question about that,” the CNN host claimed. “Having said that, you are a politician. You’ve been around for a while, and you understand how these things play out. Do you fear that, because of that, the current president has kind of lost the high ground on this notion of classified information is where it shouldn’t be?”
“Well, of course. Let’s be honest about it — when that information is found. It diminishes the stature of any person in possession of them,” he stated. “It’s not supposed to happen. Whether it was the fault of a staffer or an attorney, it makes no difference. The elected official bears ultimate responsibility.”
As House Republicans ready multiple investigations into President Biden and the Department of Justice to understand the complexities of the classified document scandal, it is surprising to see even high-level Democrats come out and blast Biden for his mishandling of sensitive material. Democrats should be just as concerned with Biden's classified documents as they were with former President Trump's last August.
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