CBS host Margaret Brennan fact-checked Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) after he suggested President Joe Biden’s possession of classified documents was more severe than former President Donald Trump’s hoarding of national security secrets.
On Sunday’s Face the Nation program, Brennan noted that CBS has reported that the special counsel’s office is not expected to bring tax fraud charges against Biden’s son Hunter.
“Well, this will be certainly devastating, continuing to be devastating to the Department of Justice and to the Biden administration with their two-tier system of justice,” Turner opined. “You know, Biden has been found to be a serial classified document hoarder over a 10-year period.”
He’s been taking classified documents, some of the most sensitive, that threaten our national security home without any protection and certainly, you know, able for others to be able to access them. There needs to be consequences,” he insisted.
Brennan responded by reminding Turner that Trump was accused of severe crimes regarding classified documents.
“Well, as you know, there is a difference with the case against President Trump, who refused to hand over documents fully and violated the Espionage Act,” Brennan said. That’s the charge against him because he didn’t work with the government to hand those over.
“Biden, Biden, Biden had these documents for over ten years,” Turner replied. “You can’t hoard documents in your home for a decade-long period, concealing them, taking them home as a Senator and Vice President and then suddenly say, hey, two weeks while I was president, I cooperated and therefore, you know, it doesn’t count that I spent ten years as a serial classified document hoarder.”