Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) said on Sunday she is “concerned” that the discovery of classified documents in President Joe Biden’s home and office gives Republicans an opportunity to create chaos and distract from cases where Americans care.
The GOP has used the discoveries to double standards, even though Biden has cooperated fully with authorities, made no effort to hide the findings, and the number of documents is much smaller than the treasure held by former President Donald Trump. is found.
“They don’t want to talk to us about how we can move the country forward,” Stabenow said of Republicans on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “And I can tell you that the people of Michigan want people who work together, who get things done, who care about their families and aren’t interested in any of this, just chaos and investigations. That’s where the Republicans are sadly comfortable.”
When asked if Biden should reconsider his earlier statement that Trump was careless with classified documents now that he is in possession of top secret files, Stabenow replied: “Well, it sure is embarrassing. Right?”
She continued, “I mean, it’s embarrassing that you find a small number of documents, certainly not on purpose. They think it’s not right and they’ve taken action to correct it, in collaboration with the Department of Justice, in collaboration with everyone involved with the records.”
The White House said Saturday aides found more classified documents than originally reported at Biden’s Delaware home. Biden’s lawyers have previously recovered top secret documents in an office Biden used in Washington.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed special counsel to investigate the case. Trump is under criminal investigation for removing highly classified documents from the White House and refusing demands to return them.
Stabenow, who has announced she will retire in 2024, clearing a Senate seat in a key swing state that has leaned toward Democracy over the past few elections, was also asked to weigh in on Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema’s decision to run the Democratic Party and change its party membership to independent.
Stabenow didn’t directly answer whether Democrats should still support a potential Sinema reelection bid in 2024, but praised the legislator for its work on gun safety legislation.
“We will see how this all plays out down the road. I think it’s very, very early,” Stabenow said.