WASHINGTON — After being held accountable for handling former President Donald Trump with classified documents, Texas Republicans seized the opportunity this week to turn the tide and toast President Joe Biden for his own apparent lapses in securing sensitive material.
They also highlighted what they see as the Justice Department’s preferential treatment over the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach resort where Trump now lives.
“It looks like the Democrats are pulling off the blindfold on Lady Justice because of the indiscretion of the Biden document,” Rep. Jody Arrington, R-Lubbock, tweeted. “The double standard would be staggering if it weren’t so predictable.”
Such criticism overshadows the resistance Trump has shown when it comes to handing over classified material in his possession.
Biden’s lawyers said this week that the material in question was “inadvertently lost” and that they acted promptly to turn it over to the appropriate authorities as soon as they discovered the error.
“As I said earlier this week, people know that I take classified documents and classified material seriously,” Biden said Thursday. “I also said that we are fully and fully cooperating with the DOJ review.”
Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Houston, tweeted the Biden situation was “much, much worse” than Trump’s..
First, Biden stored classified material in a think tank that conservative observers have described as a “dark money, revolving door nightmare” into which foreign countries such as China have contributed millions of dollars, Crenshaw writes.
And then it turned out that additional classified materials were found in the garage at the Biden residence in Delaware.
“But there was no raid. No searches at Biden’s house. Nothing,” Crenshaw wrote. “This hypocrisy is in the highest degree and dangerous. The appointment of a special counsel must be complemented by a full congressional investigation.”
Rep. Lance Gooden, R-Terrell, wrote to Biden asking a series of questions about attendees at the Delaware residence. He included a request for any visitor logs in residence, if they exist.
“Keeping classified documents in your garage and the Secret Service’s failure to confirm the existence of visitor logs is a potential national security breach of any information contained in these uncovered documents,” Gooden wrote. “It is important that you and your administration do everything you can to protect classified information that could compromise the security of the American people.”
During Thursday’s briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was asked about visitation logs for the Delaware residence.
“There is an ongoing check on this, and I would refer you to the Ministry of Justice,” said Jean-Pierre.