Squad member Rep. Omar is ‘glad’ special counsel appointed over Biden’s classified documents
Woke Squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar said on Sunday she is ‘glad’ that a special counsel has been appointed to investigate how classified White House documents wound up in President Biden’s home and office.
Speaking to MSNBC host Symone Sanders-Townsend, Omar said she believes any potential breach in security ‘should be taken seriously.’
But, she claimed, Republicans are only interested in investigating Biden for taking classified documents from the Obama administration — and not former President Donald Trump, who did the same thing.
The interview comes as Democrats worry the discovery of six pages of classified documents — found in Biden’s garage and think tank — could ruin his chances of re-election in 2024.
Woke Rep. Ilhan Omar said she is ‘glad’ a special prosecutor has been assigned to investigate how classified documents wound up in President Joe Biden’s home and offices
In her interview on MSNBC Sunday Omar said: ‘I am glad that there is a special prosecutor that has been appointed to this.’
When pressed on the issue, she explained she supports an investigation ‘because any time there is a deviance in regards to security protocols, that should be taken seriously, that should be investigated.’
But the woke Representative then went on to slam Republicans who have refused to investigate former President Donald Trump when a trove of classified White House documents were found at Mar-a-Lago.
She noted that Trump ‘literally stole classified documents, refused to turn them over, lied about having them, made up some story about how he declassified them [and] had to have his house raided in order for those documents to be found.’
Whereas Biden, she said, ‘has cooperated, who his own staff and his former staff have themselves turned these documents in.’
‘So you have to understand, right, Republicans are not really interested in upholding the law, following security protocols,’ Omar claimed. ‘What they’re interested in is playing political games and now only want to investigate Biden.’
She is now just the latest Democrat to claim there is a difference between Biden having classified documents at his Wilmington, Delaware garage and Trump keeping classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.
A new trove of classified documents were found Thursday at President Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware house. He says he is cooperating with an investigation
The discovery comes months after classified documents from the Trump administration were found at Mar-a-Lago
Earlier on Sunday, Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow said that the revelation of President Joe Biden taking classified documents from the White House is ’embarrassing’ after he criticized Donald Trump for doing the same thing
Earlier in the day, NBC Meet the Press host Chuck Todd questioned whether the president should ‘eat those words’ after he claimed Trump was ‘careless’ for keeping the classified documents.
‘Well, it’s certainly embarrassing, right? ‘Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow replied.
‘I mean, it’s embarrassing that you would find a small number of documents,’ the Michigan Democrat added.
Stabenow may feel more emboldened to criticize the Democratic president considering she announced this month that she will not be seeking reelection in 2024 – allowing her to speak more openly without fear of how it could play with constituents.
Bill Clinton’s former advisor David Gergen said he thought this was a ‘very, very big deal’ for Biden’s campaign. He also slammed him for not speaking up after the third batch of documents was found on Thursday, but not announced until Saturday
Biden’s former Press Secretary Jen Psaki said it wouldn’t be great for president to go under a special consul so soon to launching his reelection campaign, but said this could benefit him ‘long-term’
Meanwhile, other Democrats — like Rep. Jamie Raskin — have been more defensive of the president as they fear Biden may lose re-election in 2024.
As former Clinton advisor David Gergen told Anderson Cooper: ‘It’s very, very big. Not legally but politically, it’s a very, very big deal.
‘This is a president that was marching upward for the first time in his presidency. He got his numbers up. People are feeling better about the economy. There are all sorts of reasons to believe that he can now present himself – the fears that people like me have about how old he is and can he govern well? Those fears would be dissipated if he were able to stay on that track.
‘They’ve done a wonderful job being cooperative with the government, and they’ve done it by the books. I don’t think sitting there hunkering down now, just acting like it’s not out there is good. They’re going to get creamed doing that,’ he said on Anderson Cooper’s show.
‘That long delay in putting it out there is going to encourage people to believe: “What are they hiding?”‘
Biden’s former Press Secretary Jen Psaki also said it wouldn’t be great for president to go under a special consul so soon to launching his reelection campaign.
‘No one wants a special counsel. You don’t go into a year before you may run for president and think: “I want a special counsel this year”. No one wants that,’ she said on MSNBC.
She also said the documents being left behind was ‘sloppy staff work in a transition,’ between administrations, but said it could provide ‘over the long-term – even if it brings short-term pain – being to their benefit.’
A Democratic strategist, who asked to remain anonymous, also worried for Biden, telling The Hill: ‘This is going to be a pretty big problem for the president.’
‘Republicans have always been good at drumming up scandal and even though the situation here with Biden is completely different than the situation involving Trump, they’re going to act like this is a huge deal.’
Rodell Mollineau, another Democratic strategist, agreed, claiming the two situations were ‘apples to oranges,’ but Republicans won’t treat it that way.
‘This isn’t their silver bullet, but they’re [Republicans] going to try,’ he told The Hill.
Some of the classified documents seemed to be in stacked boxes next to Biden’s Corvette
At least six classified documents were found at the president’s private home in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday — some of which appeared to have been haphazardly stored in boxes stacked in his garage next to his Corvette.
The discovery brings the grand total of classified documents from Biden’s days as vice president up to 16.
They were found Thursday, but Biden’s attorneys did not announce the discovery until Saturday.
They said they discovered the documents in the room adjacent to the garage, but did not have clearance to view them, so they had to call in Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president.
‘Because I have a security clearance, I went to Wilmington Thursday evening to facilitate providing the document the President’s personal counsel found on Wednesday to the Justice Department,’ Sauber said, according to Fox News.
‘While I was transferring it to the DOJ officials who accompanied me, five additional pages with classification markings were discovered among the material with it, for a total of six pages. The DOJ officials with me immediately took possession of them.
‘The President’s lawyers have acted immediately and voluntarily to provide the Penn Biden documents to the Archives and the Wilmington documents to DOJ,’ he said.
Biden’s personal lawyer, Robert Bauer, defended the delay in releasing the information, saying the president’s legal team ‘have attempted to balance the importance of public transparency where appropriate with the established norms and limitations necessary to protect the investigation’s integrity.’
‘These considerations require avoiding the public release of detail relevant to the investigation while it is ongoing,’ he said in a statement.
A new batch of documents bring the total to six classified documents found at Biden’s home in Delaware – and two dozen total in three different locations
The DC office building where 10 classified documents were found at a former office of now President Joe Biden
Attorney General Merrick Garland had already announced he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Biden apparently keeping the classified documents after two other sets were found earlier in the week.
The first set of sensitive files were found at a DC office for his think tank after reports emerged that Biden’s attorneys found at least 20 classified documents amid the president’s personal effects.
The documents were discovered in a locked closet while the lawyers were cleaning out the office to move out.
The White House acknowledged that Biden’s attorneys had found 10 documents with classified markings at an old office at a Washington DC think tank, the president has been peppered with questions about the discovery.
The classified documents that appeared to be from the Obama administration were found on November 2 – before the midterm elections – though news of the documents did not come out until months later.
Biden was asked about the documents at the top of his trilateral press conference Tuesday in Mexico City, alongside Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The president said he was ‘surprised’ to find out classified documents were discovered in a box in a locked cabinet. But said his lawyers ‘did what they should have done.’
‘They immediately called the Archives – immediately called the Archives, turned them over to the Archives,’ the president said.
The documents were discovered on November 2 and handed over to the Archives on November 3.
Biden said he didn’t know the content of the documents and that his lawyers suggested he not ask.
‘And we’re cooperating fully with the review,’ the president added.
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