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Durbin and Manchin Slam Biden Over Classified Documents

'The elected official bears ultimate responsibility...'

(Headline USA) Senior Democrats, dismayed by steady stream of startling disclosures, expressed criticism Sunday of how Joe Biden handled classified material after leaving office as vice president and disappointment that the White House has not been more forthcoming with the public.

Lawmakers who might have anticipated questions focusing on the debt limit or Ukraine aid when they were booked last week for the Sunday news shows found themselves quizzed about the latest development over the weekend in the document drama that has put Biden’s presidency on the defensive.

During a search Friday of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, the FBI found additional documents with classified markings and took possession of some of his handwritten notes, the president’s lawyer said Saturday.

Biden should be “embarrassed by the situation,” said Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate.

A special counsel appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland is investigating the case. 

“Well, of course. Let’s be honest about it,” Durban Said.

“When that information is found, it diminishes the stature of any person who is in possession of it because it’s not supposed to happen. … The elected official bears ultimate responsibility.”

Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said Biden “should have a lot of regrets. … You just might as well say, ‘Listen, it’s irresponsible.'”

Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press

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