Democrats Scramble To Defend Biden Amid Classified Docs Scandal

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel on Thursday to investigate the sensitive files, which Biden believes were "inadvertently misplaced."

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Democrats Scramble To Defend Biden Amid Classified Docs Scandal.

Democrats wasted little time defending President Biden after secret documents dating back to the Obama administration were discovered in his house garage and an office, pointing out “differences” between his handling of sensitive materials outside of Washington and those of former President Trump.

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel on Thursday to investigate the sensitive files, which Biden believes were “inadvertently misplaced.”

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After a second stockpile of sensitive materials was discovered inside Biden’s garage in Wilmington, Delaware, the Justice Department elevated it to a special counsel inquiry from a basic review.

Last year, the first documents were discovered within the Penn Biden Center think tank’s Washington offices. Garland appointed former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur to lead the probe.

Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., attempted to emphasize “major contrasts” between Biden’s handling of sensitive materials and those discovered during an FBI-led raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida last summer in a statement first shared with Fox News Digital on Thursday evening.

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Johnson said, “It is refreshing to see the Department of Justice restored from its politicization during the Trump years, and I applaud Attorney General Garland for acting swiftly in appointing a special counsel to investigate the Biden document discoveries. Based on what we know, there is a big difference between the Trump and Biden document cases.

“At first, Trump lied about their very existence, while his lawyers asserted that there were no more documents. When Trump finally admitted that he knowingly took and possessed the classified documents, he refused numerous requests to return them.

“He even failed to comply with a subpoena. Classified documents were actually seized from Trump’s own desk. Moreover, there is no documentation supporting any claim that any of the Trump documents were declassified,” Johnson added.

Johnson, who insists that Trump’s handling of sensitive materials is an “open-and-shut case,” says it’s “too early to draw any conclusions” about Biden’s handling of confidential documents.

Democrats Scramble To Defend Biden Amid Classified Docs Scandal - SurgeZirc US
Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., said Thursday it’s “too early to reach any conclusions” about the way Biden handled classified documents.

“The Trump document case is an open-and-shut case and should proceed without delay to a final and just resolution. There remains much we don’t know about the Biden document discoveries, and it’s too early to reach any conclusions. I am confident, however, that the process has begun to ensure that we get to the truth and that justice will be done,” he said.

Prior to his statement that it is too soon to draw conclusions about Biden’s handling of the documents, Johnson told Fox’ Hillary Vaughn that he is “suspicious of the timing” surrounding the discovery of classified materials at Biden’s residence and speculated that they could have been “planted.”

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“I’m also aware of the fact that things can be planted on people … things can be planted in places and then discovered conveniently,” he said. “That may be what has occurred here. I’m not ruling that out. But I’m open in terms of the investigation needs to be investigated.”

Despite Johnson speculating the documents could have been planted, Biden admitted to Fox News’ White House correspondent Peter Doocy that he knew they were in his garage.

“So the documents were in a locked garage?” Doocy asked.

“Yes, as well as my Corvette,” Biden answered.

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