Adam Schiff calls for national security threat assessment of Biden’s handling of classified documents

Adam Schiff calls for national security threat assessment of Biden’s handling of classified documents

Adam Schiff calls for national security threat assessment of Biden’s handling of classified documents

California Rep. Adam Schiff said the handling of classified documents discovered at President Joe Biden’s home and former office must be assessed to see if it endangers US national security.

speaking on This week On Sunday, Mr. Schiff told ABC News’ Jon Karl that Attorney General Merrick Garland had made “the right decision” in appointing a special counsel to investigate the discovery of the classified documents.

“The Attorney General must ensure that not only is justice applied evenly, but that the appearance of justice is also satisfactory to the public,” he said.

“I don’t think he had any choice but to appoint a special advocate. And I think the special advocate will make the right assessment.

The Democratic lawmaker then said an assessment of the national security risks of the discovery of the Biden documents was warranted, as was one of the documents found at former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, Mar-a-Lago. .

Mr. Karl asked the congressman if he thought national security had been compromised by the actions of current and previous presidents.

“I don’t think we can rule that out without knowing more about the facts,” Schiff replied. “We have requested an intelligence community review of the Mar-a-Lago documents. I think we should get the same assessment from the documents found in the think tank, as well as President Biden’s house.

Asked if the White House should have been more transparent about discovering the documents more quickly, even though it happened days before the midterms, Mr Schiff said: ‘I think the Administration will have to answer this question. I will reserve judgment until they do.

The longtime Trump nemesis and House Select Committee member on Jan. 6 noted that there is nevertheless a stark difference between how Mr. Biden and Mr. Trump have handled their respective transgressions with classified documents.

Mr Biden complied with the investigation into the handling of his documents, while Mr Trump’s home was raided by the FBI after he refused to comply with a subpoena ordering the return of any material he had. he retired from the White House at the end of his term. in the office.

Fellow Democrat and Jan. 6 committee member, Rep. Jamie Raskin, also commented on the furore surrounding Biden’s classified documents during an appearance on CNN. State of the Union Sunday morning.

He told Jake Tapper that there should be a “sense of symmetry” and a “sense of proportion” when comparing the Trump and Biden classified document cases and that it was okay for the two cases to make the under investigation by special advocates.

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