Two Democrats call for investigation into Biden's classified document scandal

 January 22, 2023

Two Democratic senators have called for a full investigation into President Joe Biden's classified documents.

Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) said they are in favor of a full investigation into the background of the three sets of documents found from the president's time as vice president.

The comments

"The reports about President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents are extremely irresponsible and disturbing. These allegations should be investigated fully," Manchin told Fox News on Friday.

"This news raises serious questions and the appointment of an unbiased special prosecutor to investigate the matter is the right step," Kaine added.

The support

"A new Yahoo News/YouGov poll found that about two-thirds of Americans are in favor of Congress 'investigating the classified documents found at [President] Biden’s home and post-vice-presidential office,'" Axios reported.

The study found that overall, 64% of U.S. adults support the investigation, with 52% of Democrats feeling the same.

In addition, just 16% of Americans, including 27% of Democrats, oppose an investigation.

The news adds to calls from Republicans to investigate Biden's classified documents found in a closet at his Penn Center office in Washington, D.C., and two batches of papers found in his Delaware home.

The president drew outrage from the GOP after the White House claimed there were no visitor logs at Biden's Delaware home.

A later report revealed that the Secret Service does background checks on those visiting, indicating at least some record of Biden's visitors.

The new support from Senate Democrats means a full investigation from both the House and Senate is more likely. The focus also could add to concerns over donations to the Penn Center, as Republicans are seeking information on anonymous donations to the UPenn center that could reveal influence from Chinese backers that would add to the accusations of the nation's influence on Biden's administration.

The move could spell trouble as Biden was expected to announce his plans to run for reelection in 2024 against a comeback bid for the White House by former President Donald Trump. The investigation also gives a positive push to Trump after the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago home to search for classified documents last year.

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