McCarthy: Congress should probe why Trump's home was raided over classified docs but Biden's wasn't

"I do not think any American believes that justice should not be equal to all," said new House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, noting that Biden was storing classified information while criticizing Trump for it as "irresponsible."

Updated: January 13, 2023 - 12:11am

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy called for Congress to investigate President Biden's storage of classified documents, noting that former President Donald Trump's home was raided by the FBI to collect classified information while Biden's was not.

Biden's lawyers reportedly have been collecting documents in cooperation with the National Archives and the Department of Justice "in a process to ensure that any Obama-Biden Administration records are appropriately in possession" of the National Archives. 

"I think Congress has to investigate this," McCarthy said on Thursday. "Here's an individual that sat on '60 Minutes' that was so concerned about President Trump's documents. And now we find that this is a vice president keeping it for years out in the open in different locations."

In September of last year, Biden had said Trump's handling of classified information was "irresponsible." The midterm election was held one month later.

"How that could possibly happen, how anyone could be that irresponsible," Biden said. "And I thought what data was in there that may compromise sources and methods. By that, I mean, names of people helped or et cetera." 

The California Republican questioned the manner in which Trump was treated a result of the raid compared to Biden.

"Why would they go after a political opponent that way?" he said "Why would they leak photos and say all this? Why would they go through the former First Lady's clothing? Why would they go through his son's clothing? Why would they raid in the manner which they did, at the same time, prior to an election?

"You found a sitting president, when he was vice president, with top secret documents. Why did they handle that differently? We're in America, we believe in equal justice. Why did they not even tell America that transpired? How did he sit before '60 Minutes' knowing what he had done?"

Ohio GOP Rep. Jim Jordan, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, raised questions about the timing of the news of Biden storing classified information.

"Isn't it interesting that we didn't know about Joe Biden's classified documents scandal until after the midterm elections?" he wrote on Twitter.

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer vowed to investigate Biden's case.

"With or without a special counsel, the House Oversight and Accountability Committee will investigate President Biden's mishandling of classified documents and the Swamp's efforts to hide this information from the American people," Comer said in a statement.

McCarthy argued that Biden's Department of Justice hasn’t applied the same standards to both political parties.

"I do not think any American believes that justice should not be equal to all, and we found from this administration, what happened before every single election, whatever comes out that they utilize to try to falsify it, they try to have different standards for their own beliefs. That doesn't work in America."

He suggested Biden explain to the public why he called Trump irresponsible while he was storing classified information in two locations.