Retiring Dem Lawmaker Calls Biden's Classified Documents 'Embarrassing' After Trump Criticism


Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said the discovery of classified documents in President Joe Biden’s possession is “embarrassing” after he skewered his predecessor over a similar situation.

Chuck Todd, host of MSNBC’s “Meet The Press,” noted Biden called former President Donald Trump “careless” in his handling of classified documents.

“Does he have to eat those words considering what happened with him?” Todd asked.

Stabenow, who announced she will not run for reelection in 2024, responded, “Well, it’s certainly embarrassing, right? I mean, it’s embarrassing that you would find a small number of documents.”

“They don’t think it’s the right thing, and they’ve been moving to correct it, working with the Department of Justice, working with everyone involved, with the archives,” she continued. “So, from my perspective, it’s one of those moments that, obviously, they wish hadn’t happened.”

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In August, the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate and recovered more than 100 classified documents.

“How anyone could be that irresponsible. And I thought, ‘What data was in there that may compromise sources and methods?’ By that, I mean names of people who helped,” Biden told CBS News’ “60 Minutes” about his reaction to Trump’s handling of classified documents.

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He added it was “just totally irresponsible.”

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Biden’s words appear to have come back to haunt him after classified documents from his time as vice president were discovered at his home and another office. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to look into their discovery.

Last week, it was reported a U.S. attorney was reviewing roughly 10 documents from Biden’s time as vice president found at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, D.C. Those documents were discovered in November before the midterm election.

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Another batch of documents was found in the garage of the president’s Wilmington, Delaware, home. According to Garland, those documents were discovered on Dec. 20, 2022.

And on Saturday, White House lawyer Richard Sauber revealed six documents with classified markings were found in the president’s private library of his Wilmington home. One was found on Wednesday, and five more were discovered on Thursday.

In a statement last week, Sauber expressed confidence an investigation will reveal the documents were “inadvertently misplaced, and the President and his lawyers acted promptly upon discovery of this mistake.”

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