House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) suggested President Joe Biden was aware of the classified documents at his Delaware home and that was why he had attorneys remove them from his office.
McCarthy added that Congress must investigate the matter given Biden’s history of concern when private documents were found at the home of his predecessor, President Donald Trump.
“Here’s an individual that sat on ’60 Minutes’ that was so concerned about President Trump’s documents, and now we find that this is a vice president keeping it for years out in the open in different locations,” McCarthy said in a statement.
Speaker McCarthy on Biden's stolen classified documents:
"I think Congress has to investigate this." pic.twitter.com/KsQtUXLmEd
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 12, 2023
McCarthy believes that calling a lawyer to remove something from your office indicates your knowledge of its existence in the first place. During his first presser as the House speaker-elect, McCarthy also said Biden had a lot of answers to give to the American public. He also said that Congress is capable of getting answers.
Biden has responded to the situation and said he did not know that government records from his time as vice president, which included classified documents, had been taken to his private office upon his exit from the White House.
Biden claimed he takes classified documents and classified information seriously, adding that the documents were found locked in a cabinet.
“I was surprised to learn there were any government records that were taken there to that office,” Biden said.