GOP Sen. Cotton vows to stall nominations until Congress gets Biden, Trump classified docs
Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton vowed that lawmakers would stall Biden government nominations until it handed over the materials the FBI recovered from both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden.
"Until the administration stops stonewalling Congress, there will be pain as a consequence for them," Cotton said, according to The Hill. "Whether it's blocking nominees or withholding budgetary funds, Congress will impose pain on the administration until they provide these documents."
"I'm prepared to refuse consent to fast-track any nominee from any department or agency and to take every step that I can on every committee on which I serve to impose consequences on the administration until they provide these documents," he declared.
The administration has insisted that it may not share that information amid the special counsel investigations that Jack Smith and Robert Hur are pursuing into the Trump and Biden document episodes, respectively. Cotton rejected this argument, contending that relevant lawmakers needed to know what information may have been compromised.
"The administration is stonewalling Congress on the classified documents present at President Trump's residence and President Biden's residence and office, which is totally unacceptable," he insisted. "The members of the Intelligence Committee — for that matter, the members of Congress have an absolute right to this information so we can make an informed judgment about the risk, if any, these documents have posed to our national security by being improperly handled."
House Republicans have begun to mount investigations into the "weaponization" of the federal government and the Biden family's various financial dealings.
House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. James Comer, R-La., on Thursday secured the cooperation of the National Archives to gain information about the classified document batches discovered at the Penn Biden Center in Washington and Biden's Delaware home.