Some Senate Democrats have stated that they support a full investigation into Democrat President Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified documents.
Pressure is continuing to build on the Biden administration after a fourth batch of classified material was found in the president’s Delaware home on Friday.
“The reports about President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents are extremely irresponsible and disturbing,” Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) told Fox News on Friday.
“These allegations should be investigated fully.”
Fox also spoke with Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), who echoed Manchin’s concern.
“This news raises serious questions and the appointment of an unbiased special prosecutor to investigate the matter is the right step,” Kaine said.
Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland was forced to appoint a special counsel to probe the mounting scandal.
Garland appointed former U.S. attorney Robert Hur to investigate the now-president’s mishandling of documents from his time as vice president.
Manchin and Kaine joined a noticeably small list of Democrats who have spoken out about the Biden document scandal.
However, most Democrats, especially those up for re-election in 2024, have been reluctant to address the situation.
Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), who announced earlier this month that she would be seeking Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-CA) Senate seat even though the senator has yet to announce her retirement, told Fox after a Tuesday town hall event that lawmakers “definitely” wanted “to get answers from the White House” concerning the documents.
“Classified documents belong in classified settings, and I think you heard me say oversight is not a partisan thing,” she added.
“Good oversight means you’re willing to hold any rule breaker to account.”
“We should be asking for answers in a respectful way, and we should be expecting to get honest ones.”
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), who announced she would not be running for re-election next year, acknowledged it was “embarrassing” for Biden to be caught having classified information after condemning President Donald Trump for a similar situation.
“Well, it’s certainly embarrassing. Right?” Stabenow said during a Sunday interview on NBC.
“I mean, it’s embarrassing that you would find a small number of documents, certainly not on purpose.
“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 [National] Archives, and so from my perspective, you know, it’s one of those moments that obviously they wish hadn’t happened.”
On Thursday, the White House refused to say whether it would cooperate with inquiries from the House Oversight Committee concerning the documents.
Meanwhile, Biden later said he had “no regrets” about his mishandling of the classified documents.