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Document discovery differences divide House GOP and Democrats

Aside from Bacon, however, reactions to the revelations of sensitive documents discovered in private locations associated with Biden this week hinged mostly on party affiliation. Both parties have denounced unfair standards.

“My concern is how there is such a difference in how President Trump was treated,” the rep said. james comer (R-Ky.), the new chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Comer and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the same committee, called verbatim for “equal treatment” during appearances Sunday on CNN.

Comer sent a letter Sunday to White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain asking for more information about the document searches and a log of visitors to Biden’s home in Delaware.

“We want to know the logs of visitors to the residence,” he said. “We want to know who had access to the Biden Center for Diplomacy because this is the same type of investigation that Democrats were so outraged and tossed and demanded happen to President Trump.”

Comer did not announce any similar calls for Mar-a-Lago visitor records.

“No one has been investigated more than Donald Trump. Joe Biden has not been investigated,” said Comer, who has spoken publicly about a wish list of investigations. of the House against Biden and his associates.

representing Tony Gonzales (R-Texas) used harsher rhetoric on “Fox News Sunday”: “I think Biden pointed out his incompetence for the world to see,” Gonzales said.

But Raskin and other Democrats have argued that there are significant differences between the documentary situations with Trump and Biden that should be addressed accordingly, as Biden’s allies have reiterated repeatedly in recent days.

“We have to keep a sense of proportion and measure,” Raskin told host Jake Tapper.

representing Dan Goldman (DN.Y.) on CBS’ “Face the Nation” urged host Margaret Brennan to look at the big picture: ‘Broad cooperation from the president who clearly takes this very seriously,’ he said .

Biden uncovered a smaller volume of misplaced sensitive documents than Trump, and unlike Trump, he appears to have cooperated with authorities to turn over the documents.

“It’s a shame, there’s no doubt about it. Is there more? I doubt it,” the rep said. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), a member of the Progressive Caucus, said Sunday on “Fox News Sunday.”

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) on NBC’s “Meet the Press” agreed that the revelations were “embarrassing,” while saying it was “totally different” from Trump’s situation.

“Both are serious about classified documents, but the president is doing the right thing,” Stabenow said.

Republicans said it was too early to tell the true extent of what happened.

Raskin and Comer both stressed the need to determine procedures for former officials taking documents in the future.

Rod Rosenstein, assistant attorney general in the Trump administration, said Attorney General Merrick Garland “really had no choice” to appoint a special counsel to investigate Biden, after appointing one to investigate Trump.

The special advocates appointed to investigate Trump and Biden — Jack Smith and Robert Hur, respectively — have “excellent reputations,” Rosenstein said.

“But you’re in the political arena, where it’s inevitable that you’ll be attacked,” Rosenstein said, speaking on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

representing Adam Schiffthe top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, endorsed the attorney general’s decision to appoint a special counsel, he told ABC’s “This Week.”

Schiff said he couldn’t ‘exclude the possibility’ that national security could have been compromised in Biden’s documents ‘without knowing more about the facts’; however, he accused Comer of trying to interfere with the Justice Department investigation.

Biden aides found five additional documents in the Delaware president’s home this week, the White House announced Saturday. They were then turned over to the Justice Department, which had appointed a special counsel to investigate the case.

Earlier last week, a lawyer for Biden confirmed that the president’s personal lawyers uncovered Obama administration documents in November at a Washington think tank associated with Biden. Days later, Biden’s legal team found additional documents at Biden’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware, one of Biden’s attorneys said.

For his part, Bacon said the discovery of classified documents in Biden’s possession was reminiscent of an old saying.

“If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones,” he said. “And I think President Biden was caught throwing rocks.”

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