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Intelligence Committee chair demands Biden be treated 'exactly the same' as Trump on classified docs

Trump has pleaded not guilty to 40 charges related to his alleged mishandling of classified documents, but Biden has not been charged at all.

Published: October 16, 2023 7:42am

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner, R-Ohio, said that President Joe Biden needed to be treated "exactly the same" as former President Donald Trump over his alleged mishandling of classified government materials, a crime that Trump faces 40 counts on while Biden currently faces nothing.

"When I look at those documents, there are documents on both sides, equally egregious, that would have negative consequences to our means, methods, techniques and our allies. Now, in this instance, I think President Biden needs the same consequence that they pursue with President Trump, that the actions are the same," Turner said Sunday on CBS News' "Meet the Press."

Trump was indicted in June and pleaded not guilty to 40 federal counts related to his alleged mishandling of classified documents that were discovered at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida in August 2022.

Classified documents were reportedly discovered at Biden's office in Washington, D.C., as well as in his Wilmington, Delaware, home, on several occasions since November 2022. Biden has not been charged. 

CBS host Margaret Brennan pressed Turner as to whether he meant that Biden should be indicted, to which he responded: "You're getting leak after leak after leak on the Trump documents. You're hearing nothing on the Biden documents. So, you're continuing to see the inequality that comes out of the Justice Department as there is silence on the other side with respect to Biden's - and, by the way, he was a - he was a serial classified document hoarder."

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