Headline RoundupJanuary 24th, 2023

Democrats Voice Concerns About Biden's Handling of Classified Documents

AllSides Summary

President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents has Senate Democrats voicing concerns, even as some try to distinguish between Biden's actions and former President Donald Trump's handling of similar materials.

Key Quotes: "Let’s be honest about it. When that information is found, it diminishes the stature of any person who is in possession of it, because it’s not supposed to happen. Whether it was the fault of a staffer or attorney, it makes no difference. The elected official bears ultimate responsibility," said Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.). "I think he should have a lot of regrets," said Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) about Biden. "Any time there are classified documents outside of a secure space, I am profoundly troubled, whether that space is owned by a Republican president or a Democratic president," said Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.).

For Context: On Jan. 12, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate after several instances of classified documents being discovered at Biden's home and office. Garland had previously appointed a special counsel to investigate Trump's taking of classified documents, and federal agents raided his Mar-a-Lago residence last August in search of them. Trump was found to be in possession of hundreds of documents with classified markings. Investigators have found roughly a dozen similar documents in Biden's possession.

How the Media Covered It: Democrats' concerns over Biden's handling of the classified documents were covered across the political spectrum, with all sides acknowledging the political headaches for the Democrats.

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