Kevin McCarthy calls out double standard on classified documents

 January 13, 2023

Last fall, the Department of Justice released photos showing classified material discovered during a raid by FBI agents on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.

Yet as House Leader Kevin McCarthy pointed out, no photos have emerged showing the troves of secret documents that Joe Biden took while he was vice president.   

According to the Citizen Free Press, McCarthy raised the issue Thursday when speaking with reporters on Capitol Hill about how the cases are being treated differently.

McCarthy: "Where's the photos of President Biden's documents?"

The House speaker began by noting that the National Archives and Records Administration was aware that Trump possessed the documents in question because they asked him "to put another lock on it so they were locked."

McCarthy then alluded to the fact that a president has the power to declassify documents, something a vice president lacks.

"You look at President Biden, he wasn't president, he was vice president, he [had] these [documents] in different locations right out in the open," McCarthy noted.

"He criticized President Trump. Did he utilize the Justice Department to raid President Trump? Do you think that was right?" the speaker asked.

McCarthy then pointed out how the first set of documents were discovered this past November in Biden's office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement "before the election but they kept it a secret from the American public."

"He goes on '60 Minutes,' criticizes President Trump even knowing what he has done and he wasn't president at the time," McCarthy continued. "Now we find another location that it's at. But he refused to answer, his press secretary won't answer the questions."

"You watched them leak photos of sitting out files [belonging to] President Trump. Where's the photos of President Biden's documents?" McCarthy demanded. "This is what makes Americans not trust their government."

McCarthy holds open possibility of expunging Trump's impeachment

The Washington Post noted that McCarthy was later asked whether House Republicans would attempt to expunge Trump's record of being impeached.

The House speaker responded by first naming his party's other priorities, such as addressing the economy and illegal immigration.

Still, McCarthy acknowledged that he "would understand why members would want to bring that forward" and said it was something he would "look at."

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