Biden under fire for documents

Maggie Eubanks, News Editor

After President Joe Biden’s lawyers found a series of classified documents from Biden’s time as vice president, the Department of Justice will hold a formal investigation as to how these documents got there and why they were not turned in earlier. 

This investigation comes after another investigation began looking into former President Donald Trump and classified documents found in his Mar-a-Lago residence. 

According to National Public Radio, the problem with these documents is how long it took Biden to alert the Justice Department to their presence. The first set of classified materials was found on Nov. 2, days before the midterm elections. But the Department of Justice was not notified about this until late December when more documents had been found.

When there is a transition of power in the White House, every confidential document is gathered up and brought to the National Archives where they are stored. But these documents found by Biden’s team were never given over to the Archives after former President Barack Obama’s terms in office. 

Biden claims that he and his team have done nothing wrong, and he has “no regrets” about the way he has handled the situation. But there are many Republicans that are comparing the way Biden’s case is being treated by the media and the way Trump’s case was handled. 

One of Louisiana’s U.S. Representatives, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise, tweeted at the FBI after the documents were found, “Where’s the raid on Biden’s garage?” Scalise is referencing the FBI search that took place at Mar-a-Lago in August. 

But Scalise is not the only congressman expressing his outrage. Nebraska Rep. Don Bacon said on ABC, “It just reminds me of that old adage, ‘If you live in a glass house, don’t throw stones.’ And I think President Biden was caught throwing stones.”

The DOJ has announced a special counsel to investigate the existence of the documents. Both Biden’s and Trump’s investigations have the American public asking questions, but nothing can be known for sure until the DOJ comes to a conclusion.