President Joe Biden found himself in hot water last week after it was announced that classified documents were discovered in his unsecured office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
The controversy only grew when new documents turned up inside one of his Delaware homes as well as its attached garage. Yet that hasn't stopped Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer from defending the president.
According to Fox News, Schumer's comments were made on Friday during a sometimes heated exchange with CNN host Don Lemon.
Schumer at one point attempted to favorably contrast the president's conduct with that of his immediate predecessor.
"I think the Biden folks, as I said, cooperated with the prosecutorial authorities from day one, and Donald Trump didn't," Fox News quoted him as saying.
Lemon pushed back, saying, "According to one justice's official statement, this week offered an incomplete narrative of documents from Biden's time as vice president and reinforced the need for a special counsel. It creates the impression that Biden's team has something to hide."
What's more, Lemon remarked that the Senate's top Democrat seemed "much more measured about this" than former President Trump's decision to retain classified documents at his Florida home.
Not everyone has seen Biden's actions in such an understanding light, however. Richard Painter served as President George W. Bush's head ethics official, and he told Fox News that they were "incredibly careless and really quite shocking."
"You never just pack stuff up and cart it out of there," Painter explained, adding that classified documents "have these distinctive markings on them" and their discovery is "very worrisome."
What's more, Trump himself wondered in a Truth Social post last week when federal agents are going to raid the president's home.
"When is the FBI going to raid the many homes of Joe Biden, perhaps even the White House?" Fox News quoted him as asking. "These documents were definitely not declassified."
The Associated Press reported that Attorney General Merrick Garland moved on Thursday to appoint former Maryland United States Attorney Robert K. Hur to serve as special counsel in the case.
"This appointment underscores for the public the department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters, and to making decisions indisputably guided only by the facts and the law," the Associated Press quoted Garland as saying.
According to the news service, Hur issued also a statement of his own in which he promised to "conduct the assigned investigation with fair, impartial and dispassionate judgment."