Dick Durbin Agrees Biden Has Missed “High Point” In Criticism Over Handling Of Classified Documents

Dick Durbin Agrees Biden Has Missed “High Point” In Criticism Over Handling Of Classified Documents


Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin agreed Sunday that Joe Biden has lost the “high ground” in the political tug-of-war over the storage of classified documents following the discovery of additional material at the president’s home. in Wilmington, Del. But he rejected any comparison between Biden’s situation and former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents.

“Of course. Let’s be honest about it,” the Illinois Democrat told CNN’s Dana Bash on “State of the Union” when asked if the president had “lost ground on this notion that classified information is where it shouldn’t be.” be”.

“When that information is found, it lowers the stature of anyone who owns it because that’s not supposed to happen,” Durbin said. “Whether it was the fault of a staff member or a lawyer, it makes no difference. The elected official bears the ultimate responsibility.”

But Durbin said Biden’s situation was “significantly different” from the discovery of classified information at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

“Donald Trump defied those who knew the documents were in his place and ultimately led, inadvertently, to a warrant and search of his Mar-a-Lago resort hotel to find out how many documents were there,” the senator said.

Contrast that with Joe Biden. Embarrassed by the situation, as he should have been, he invited government agencies to carefully check all the boxes he had accumulated. It’s a very different approach,” Durbin added. “It is outrageous that either of these occurred. But the reaction of the former president and the current president could not be of greater contrast.

FBI investigators found additional classified material Friday while conducting a search of Biden’s Wilmington home.

Bob Bauer, the president’s personal attorney, said in a statement that during the search, which lasted nearly 13 hours Friday, “DOJ took possession of materials it deemed to be within the scope of its investigation, including six items consisting of documents with classification marks. and surrounding materials, some of which were from the president’s service in the Senate and some of which were from his tenure as vice president. The Department of Justice also took personally handwritten notes from the vice presidential years for further review.”

Those six items are in addition to materials previously found at Biden’s Wilmington residence and in his private office.

The federal search of Biden’s home, while voluntary, marks an escalation of the investigation into the president’s handling of classified documents and will inevitably draw comparisons to his predecessor, even if the FBI search of Trump’s residence is performed under different circumstances.

Durbin also warned Sunday against “gambling” with the national debt and said Biden should not negotiate with Republicans.

The United States hit the debt ceiling set by Congress on Thursday, forcing the Treasury Department to start taking “extraordinary measures” to keep the government paying its bills and increasing pressure on Capitol Hill to avoid a catastrophic default.

The battle lines for the high-stakes fight have already been drawn. Hardline Republicans, who wield enormous influence in the House because of a slim party majority, have demanded that lifting the debt limit be tied to spending cuts.

The White House, however, responded that it will not offer any concessions or negotiate to increase the debt ceiling. And with the solution to the debt ceiling drama squarely in the hands of lawmakers, fears are growing that partisan brinksmanship could result in the nation defaulting on its debt for the first time in history, or coming perilously close to doing so. .

“If we play with this, if we delay this, if we have short-term extensions of the national debt, we risk a recession in this economy,” Durbin said.

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