Top Intel Republican Mike Turner calls President Biden a classified documents ‘hoarder’ – and says no criminal charges against him would be ‘devastating’
Top Republican Mike Turner says if Joe Biden, the hoarder of serial secret documents, is not criminally charged, it will show that the Justice Department is not “going after Democrats.”
Last week it was revealed that the special counsel appointed to investigate the improper storage of classified documents at Biden’s Delaware home and think tank is expected to conclude soon without filing any criminal charges against the president.
Turner, who chairs the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), addressed reports that special counsel Robert Hur will not indict Biden, calling it “devastating.”
“Well, this is certainly going to be devastating, and continue to be devastating for the Justice Department and the Biden administration with their two-tier justice system,” Turner said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.
“You know, Biden has proven to be a serial secret document collector over a period of ten years. He has taken classified documents, some of the most sensitive that threaten our national security without any protection. And certainly, you know, able to make sure that others have access to it,” he continued.
“I am very disappointed in the response we are receiving from ODNI,” Turner said
“There must be consequences,” said the chairman.
“The fact that Hillary Clinton, who had more than a hundred classified documents when she was Secretary of State and Vice President Biden under Obama, took classified documents home and certainly made them vulnerable, without consequences, shows that the Department of Justice is not chasing the Democrats. .’
Turner told DailyMail.com last week that he was “disappointed” that there appears to be no movement in President Biden’s investigation into classified documents.
“We are very disappointed that nothing appears to be happening in this case,” Turner told DailyMail.com on Thursday.
Turner, who has seen both Biden and Trump’s classified documents, says this ‘equally threatening documents to national security that should not have been outside a controlled, secret area.’
Hur — who was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland in January — has interviewed the president’s aides and family members, including Biden himself and son Hunter, but has made no public statements throughout the trial.
Hur’s team does reportedly expected to issue a ‘sharply critical’ detailed report by the end of the year, without filing criminal charges.
In contrast, special counsel Jack Smith quickly charged Trump in July with unlawful withholding of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice and making false statements.
“Biden had these documents for more than a decade. You can’t hoard documents in your house for 10 years, hide them, take them home as a senator or vice president and suddenly say, “Hey, for two weeks I cooperated as president and therefore that doesn’t count.” I worked as a serial secret document collector for 10 years,” Turner continued on CBS.
Trump has pleaded not guilty to 40 federal charges and his trial date has been set for May 2024, in the middle of the presidential primaries.
Turner also said the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) is stonewalling lawmakers investigating Biden and Trump classified documents scandals.
‘I am very disappointed in the response we are receiving from ODNI. We’ve all seen the (Trump) indictment, and I’ve seen classified documents from both the Biden and Trump documents. The ones we have seen from Trump do not match the charges.”
“And so our investigation is: show us how the complaint language ties into a document and show us those documents. And we haven’t gotten a response yet.”
Turner, who is from Dayton, Ohio, made the comments during a preview of a Republican report on FISA Section 702 abuse and remedies released today.
Footage from a Biden campaign video shows him reversing his classic Stingray into his garage. He is seen backing his Corvette into a garage full of papers at his Wilmington home
Boxes of potentially classified documents were discovered by the DOJ in a bathroom at Mar-a-Lago
He previously told DailyMail.com that it would be “incredibly difficult” not to find that President Biden had broken the law in the way he handled classified material.
Since reviewing the documents, he had also said that Biden’s “conduct” described in Trump’s complaint — based on their alleged mishandling of the classified materials — is “wrong.”
“If you simply repeal the statute, it would be incredibly difficult for anyone not to conclude that Biden’s actions violate specific statutes,” he previously said.
The chairman is particularly concerned about the Justice Department’s possible “unequal application” of the law in how it handles the Trump documents case compared to the Biden case.
Data was first unearthed at a private think tank office where President Biden worked in Washington in November 2022.
More documents were found on December 20 in the president’s garage in Wilmington, Delaware, and on January 12 in his home library.
Biden has said he did not know the documents were there.