House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman, Mike Turner, has exposed President Biden as a “serial classified document hoarder” and warned of the devastating message it would send if no charges were brought against him. The news comes as special counsel Robert Hur nears the end of his investigation into the president’s alleged mishandling of classified information.
During an interview on “Face the Nation” with CBS News’ Margaret Brennan, Turner expressed his concerns about the potential lack of charges, stating that it would be devastating and would highlight a two-tier system of justice within the Department of Justice and Biden’s administration. Turner pointed to Biden’s actions of retaining sensitive intelligence records for over a decade, referring to him as a “serial classified document hoarder” who had taken classified documents home without proper protection, potentially jeopardizing national security.
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Turner also highlighted the disparities in how similar cases involving classified information have been handled, drawing attention to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s retention of over 100 classified documents. He emphasized that the Department of Justice appeared to be favoring Democrats, particularly in light of the charges brought against former President Trump for his refusal to hand over documents fully and alleged violation of the Espionage Act.
Despite Biden’s agreement to sit for a voluntary interview with special counsel Robert Hur, questions remain about his retention of classified documents over a prolonged period. Reports indicate that Biden may face criticism but no criminal charges in Hur’s forthcoming report, raising concerns among congressional Republicans. The potential release of the report before the end of the year could lead to further scrutiny of Biden’s actions and the Department of Justice’s handling of the matter.
Former President Trump has weighed in on the situation, criticizing the reported decision not to file charges against Biden and denouncing it as “FAKE NEWS.” Additionally, the White House has denied requests from House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan to question current and former officials about their knowledge of Biden’s actions concerning the sensitive files.
In contrast, Trump continues to face legal challenges related to the alleged retention of hundreds of classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate. He was indicted on multiple counts and accused of directing the movement and concealment of sensitive materials after leaving office, with a trial date set for the future.
As the investigations and potential outcomes unfold, the contrasting treatment of Biden and Trump regarding classified documents continues to be a subject of contention, highlighting the partisan dynamics at play within the justice system.