On Wednesday (January 12), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), called for Attorney General Merrick Garland to select a special counsel to probe President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents while he was Vice President.
Graham asserted that a special counsel appointment was necessary, given Garland’s appointment of Jack Smith as special counsel to investigate the possession of classified investigation by former President Donald Trump.
Speaking to Martha McCallum on Fox News, Graham expressed his belief that if the Attorney General thought it necessary to appoint a special counsel for Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents, the same should apply to Biden.
Graham’s statements come after Biden’s aides discovered additional classified documents at a location other than the initial Washington office. Initial reports revealed that Biden’s attorneys found fewer than a dozen classified documents at Biden’s Washington office, located at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
Graham warned that if a special counsel wasn’t appointed to the investigation into Biden’s handling of classified information, it would “hurt the country.”
After being informed that Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence was raided by the FBI in August, Biden replied, “How could anyone be that irresponsible?”
Remarks like that have heightened scrutiny around Biden’s handling of classified documents, including from Graham, who insisted that conservatives are “completely disgusted with the standard that exists in America when it comes to conservatives and everybody else.”
Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) also sent a letter to Garland on Wednesday demanding that a special counsel be appointed in Biden’s investigation, complaining that the double standing in the treatment of Biden was “astounding.”