Though some Democrats such as Rep. Adam Schiff are now using the Biden documents scandal to start criticizing the president, others are still standing with him and trying to downplay the importance of the documents. Among them was Democrat Jamie Raskin, who said when speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper that the document issue should not be turned into “political football.”
That came when Jake Tapper asked him about Comer’s recent comments, saying:
“Comer raises an interesting question, why the president’s lawyers, which do not have security clearance, is doing the searching at the Penn Biden center in Washington, at the president’s Greenville, Delaware, home. Why are they? They don’t have the proper security clearance. Shouldn’t FBI agents or Justice officials actually be doing the searching?”
Raskin, in response, did his best to dodge the question and instead attack Republicans for defending Trump but attacking Biden, saying:
“Well, that’s one of the things we can look at, what is the proper thing for a former president to do if he finds that there are government documents or classified documents that are in his possession. My understanding is they did the right thing by immediately alerting the archives and turning them over that day. Maybe there’s a different procedure for dealing with them that we’re unaware of. That’s a meaningful thing we could look at.
“Obviously, we don’t want to turn this into just a political football. It’s a bit disturbing to me that people who are saying there’s no problem with what Donald Trump did, which was to defiantly reject any cooperation in turning over hundreds of classified documents, are upset by President Biden’s voluntary and a rapid turnover of a handful of documents that they found.”
Ignored there is that Trump, as president, was able to declassify documents. Biden, as Vice President, was not allowed to do so.
For reference, the Rep. Comer comments to which Raskin and Tapper referred also came from Tapper’s “State of the Union” show, with Rep. Comer telling Jake Tapper:
“My concern is that special counsel was called for, but yet hours of that we still had the president’s personal attorneys who have no security clearance still rummaging around the president’s residence looking for things. That would essentially be a crime scene, so to speak, after the appointment of a special counsel. So we have a lot of questions for the National Archives. We have a lot of questions for the Department of Justice, and hopefully, we’ll be getting answers very soon.
“We just want equal treatment here with respect to how both former President Trump and current President Biden are being treated with the document issue.
“The fact that they were quick to call for special counsel with Trump, it seems political here. It seems hypocritical. It seems like a double standard. That’s our concern. I have jurisdiction as chairman of the House Oversight Committee over the National Archives. This is the agency I’m most frustrated with because they have not been transparent at all. They should be briefing myself and ranking member Raskin who will be your next guest on the show, about what’s going on here. They never did tell us about November 2nd. We asked questions about what went on with Mar-a-Lago. Why was Mar-a-Lago raided but the president’s home not? Why are the president’s lawyers still allowed to rummage through looking for documents after a special counsel has been appointed? It doesn’t make sense. It’s not fair. We just want equal treatment.”