A pair of influential Senate Democrats said they fully supported the ongoing investigation of President Biden after classified documents were uncovered at his personal residence in Delaware and the Penn Biden Center in Washington, DC.
“The reports about President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents are extremely irresponsible and disturbing. These allegations should be investigated fully,” Sen. Joe Manchin, (D-W.Va.), told Fox News Digital.
His sentiments were echoed by his colleague from Virginia, Sen. Tim Kaine.
“This news raises serious questions and the appointment of an unbiased special prosecutor to investigate the matter is the right step,” Kaine told the network.
Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s running mate in 2016, announced his plans to seek a third term on Friday.
Fox News reached out to every Senate Democrat whose term is up in 2024 and who has yet to make a statement about the classified materials, but no others would comment on the matter. The party faces a series of tight contests, many in deep red states like West Virginia, which former President Trump carried handily in 2020.
The latest on President Biden’s classified docs scandal
Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Special Counsel Robert Hur to probe Biden’s mishandling of classified materials. The investigation is certain to provide grist to GOP-led congressional probes into the president and his scandal-riddled son, Hunter — and loom over Biden’s expected 2024 reelection campaign.
The comments from Manchin and Kaine reflect the latest crack’s the president’s Democratic firewall.
Rep. Katie Porter, (D-Calif.), who is looking to move into Dianne Feinstein’s Senate seat next year, told Fox earlier this week that she “definitely” wanted “to get answers from the White House.”
“Classified documents belong in classified settings, and I think you heard me say oversight is not a partisan thing. Good oversight means you’re willing to hold any rule breaker to account,” Porter said.
“We should be asking for answers in a respectful way, and we should be expecting to get honest ones.”