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Democratic lawmakers point finger at Trump amid Pence, Biden filed document finds

Democratic lawmakers continue to point fingers at former President Donald Trump amid new revelations that President Biden and former Vice President Mike Pence improperly stored classified documents.

Last week, dozens of classified documents were discovered at Pence’s home in Indiana. The news follows investigations launched into Biden and Trump for their own alleged mishandling of classified documents. Pence’s legal team turned over the classified documents to the National Archives on January 18, and the National Archives then notified the FBI, in accordance with standard procedure.

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told reporters Wednesday that since Pence and Biden cooperated with authorities to immediately turn over classified documents, they contrast Trump, whose “blocking” and “obstruction” is at the heart of this “criminal investigation”.

“It’s gotten to a point that I’m not surprised, and I should be,” Durbin added of Pence’s reports. “As careful as we are in handling these secret and classified documents, as members of Congress, it appears the executive branch is not so careful.”


President Donald Trump listens as Vice President Mike Pence responds to questions during the daily coronavirus task force briefing at the White House in 2020.
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Throughout January, reports surfaced that Biden turned over four separate batches of classified documents found among his personal possessions at his home and office in Wilmington, Delaware, to the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C. Last year. , Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida was the subject of a controversial FBI raid that uncovered more than 300 documents marked as classified.

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., who serves as deputy Democratic caucus whip, called for a bipartisan review of Biden’s mishandling of documents. Khanna responded to the former vice president’s news during an appearance on “CNN Newsroom,” calling for an end to “partisan attacks” on Pence and Biden, while also accusing Republicans of trying to score ” political points” on Biden.

Representative Ro Khanna has called for a bipartisan review of President Biden's mishandling of classified documents on January 23.

Representative Ro Khanna has called for a bipartisan review of President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents on January 23.
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It looks like Pence is cooperating, according to Khanna. “That’s, I think, what people need to realize is in stark contrast to what President Trump has done.”

Both Democratic and Republican lawmakers have accused the other side of hypocrisy on the issue since news of Biden’s classified documents broke. The latest revelations from the Pence camp further complicate the debate.


“Pence, Biden and Trump all have to answer the same set of questions: How many documents? How serious? How did you get them? Who had access to it? Are you cooperative? These situations are all very serious and there should be an equal standard for everyone,” Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia told Fox News Digital on Wednesday.

“The handling of classified materials and secrets of the nation is a very serious matter and as a former Vice President of the United States I can speak from personal experience of the proper care that should be given to these documents when you are in post and after you left office, and that clearly didn’t happen in this case,” Pence told FOX Business earlier this month in reference to the Justice Department allegedly sitting on reports of misconduct. Biden’s handling of classified documents.


Documents discovered at Pence’s home in Carmel, Indiana date back to when he was vice president. Pence has agreed to cooperate fully with congressional oversight on the matter, according to a statement from House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, R-Ky.

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