Senator Mark Warner, D-Va. , gave a blistering response to one liberal news channel about President Biden’s lack of transparency over his mishandling of classified documents.
“This is where the Biden administration gets an absolute fail score,” Warner told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell on Wednesday. “Their position is outrageous,” he added.
The Senate Intelligence Committee chairman acknowledged that he and his colleagues had not yet been granted access to documents from the Biden administration. He compared the procrastination to former Vice President Mike Pence’s openness to the committee looking into classified documents Found at home in Indiana.
“He trusts us to look at those documents,” the Democrat said of Pence.
But he described his frustration with eluding the Biden administration.
Ministry of Justice Attorney General Merrick Garland continued to blame whoever was blocking access to the documents, he said.
As chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Warner has stated that it is his “constitutional responsibility” to oversee classified documents and to judge whether the intelligence community has handled them appropriately. The frustrated Democrat said he was “done” trying to play well.
“I’m done with the administration not being willing to address this,” he said, noting that he and Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., requested the documents in September.
“We’ve seen the squat… I’m not a guy who goes on TV and makes threats, but I join my fellow Republicans and fellow Democrats and Republicans in the House. This situation cannot continue,” he said. .
Last November, classified documents from the Obama administration were discovered in Biden’s former office in Washington. Additional documents were found at the president’s private home in Delaware in December and January.
Warner said that even President Trump’s administration during the Russia investigation has been more transparent.
“The fact that this administration doesn’t even meet Donald Trump’s standards of transparency…” he angrily told Mitchell.
Warner said he is willing to use “other tools” to get the White House to share the documents with his committee, such as placing restrictions on the intelligence community and the Justice Department going forward.
“[T]An heir dragging their feet is outrageous. We have work to do. If we cannot pass the negotiation process with them, we will use other tools.”