What are Democrats saying?
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat, admitted on CNN's "State of the Union" that Biden can no longer attack Donald Trump for the Mar-a-Lago classified document snafu.
"Let's be honest about it: When that information is found, it diminishes the stature of any person that's in possession of them. It's not supposed to happen," Durbin said. "Whether it was the fault of a staffer or an attorney, it makes no difference. The elected official bears ultimate responsibility."
Durbin also said:
There's a standard that we follow when it comes to members of Congress and classified information. The door to my office is closed. The person who presents the document to me takes it out of a locked briefcase, hands it to me and watches as I read it, when I finish reading it, and he takes it back and puts it in the briefcase and leaves the scene.I mean, that's how carefully we review these documents.
To think that any of them ended up in boxes in storage one place or the other is just unacceptable.
Meanwhile, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) was asked on CBS News' "Face the Nation" how Biden could have improperly retained classified documents from his days as a senator.
"I don't really know the answer to that question because I review classified material as a senator on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations Committees, but when I do it, it's always in a classified facility where I don't have access to the materials other than to sit there and read them," Kaine responded.
He continued, "That's why there needs to be this independent investigation and independent prosecutor. How many documents are we talking about? Dozens? A handful or hundreds? How serious are they? Why were they taken? Did anyone have access to them? And then, is the president being cooperative?"
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On NBC's "Meet the Press," Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) said that Biden should have "a lot of regrets." Manchin was responding to Biden's declaration last week that he has no regrets for retaining the classified documents.
"I think he should have a lot of regrets," Manchin said.
"I say, whoever's responsible — I mean, if I hold people accountable, whether it be my chief of staff or, you know, my staff that were doing this and I'm looking at — then I'm going to hold someone accountable, but basically, the buck stops with me," he added.
A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that a majority of American adults — including registered Democrats — support an investigation into Biden's improper retention of classified documents.
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