Trump impeachment lawyer praises Biden for handling classified documents: ‘By the book’

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Rep. Dan Goldman, DN.Y., who previously served as the House impeachment attorney against former President Donald Trump, praised the Biden administration for how they have handled the issue of classified documents at President Biden’s home — unlike a similar one case involving Trump.

Last week, Goldman had said appointing special counsel in the Biden case would not be necessary, but with Robert Hur placed in that role, Goldman supported the decision.

“I don’t think it was a mistake. I don’t think any of us really have a good understanding of the information that the Attorney General had when he decided to appoint Mr. Hur as the special counsel,” Goldman told “Face the Nation” presented Margaret Brennan in a TBEN interview. “But I think it’s about a very important fact that’s been overlooked here, which is that this administration is doing things by the book. There’s a divide and a division between the Justice Department and the White House that certainly didn’t.” exist in the last administration.”

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Goldman elaborated by noting that Biden’s team reached out to the Justice Department and the National Archives and said that “they have made every effort to work together.” Goldman said this is “in stark contrast to what former President Trump has done, where he has obstructed justice at every step.”

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UNITED STATES – JANUARY 12: Rep. Dan Goldman, DN.Y., speaks to reporters about Rep. George Santos on the House steps after voting on Thursday, January 12, 2023. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)
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Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago was raided by the FBI last year, and federal authorities extracted classified documents from the property. Trump and his team have alleged that the former president cooperated with the National Archives prior to the raid.

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Brennan asked Goldman about an op-ed he wrote last year about the Trump raid, in which he outlined four criteria for judging the situation. These included whether there was an intent to distribute the material, clear knowledge of the importance of the documents, the extent of the material, and whether anyone had lied to investigators. Goldman said the same criteria should “absolutely” be applied to Biden.

Despite acknowledging earlier in the interview that he did not have all of the information Attorney General Merrick Garland had when he appointed Hur, Goldman expressed confidence that Biden is clear when it comes to his investigative criteria.

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“Those four factors I think apply to President Trump, and none of them apply to President Biden,” Goldman said.

One question Goldman couldn’t answer was why Biden’s personal attorneys — who had no security clearance — searched his home for classified documents.

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I’m not sure. And we don’t know the circumstances of that,” said the former federal prosecutor. “But the documents definitely leave the vice president’s office and need to be put away somewhere. I hope we learn more about it.”

However, Goldman cited a statement from Biden’s personal attorney Bob Bauer, saying it showed that Biden’s team is “doing everything by the book.”