Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed Friday that President Joe Biden is “transparent” about keeping classified documents.
But CNN anchors Don Lemon and Poppy Harlow questioned his claim.
Earlier in his interview on CNN This Morning, Schumer praised Biden for handling the situation “correctly,” which he described as “total contradiction” to former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified document preservation.
Lemon quickly pressed Schumer on his perspective.
“Just to be sure of what you said: Do you think the Biden people are transparent about this?” he asked.
“I think, as I said, the Biden people have been cooperating with law enforcement from day one, and Donald Trump has not,” Schumer replied, contradicting his earlier claim that his perspective was “consistent.”
Lemon responded by verifying Schumer’s claim and explaining why Attorney General Merrick Garland had appointed a special counsel to investigate the situation with Biden — precisely because his team was not transparent.
“This is our coverage: According to a law official, who said that White House public statements earlier this week offered an incomplete account of classified documents from Biden’s vice presidential tenure reinforced the need for a special counsel,” Lemon said. “The misleading statements have created the impression that Biden’s team has something to hide.
“That doesn’t sound much different than the former president,” he remarked.
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When Schumer tried to ignore the point and appeal to the special counsel, Lemon pushed even further.
“Senator, I have to say this. You seem to be much more measured on this than with the Trump documents because you have called for transparency with the Trump documents,” the moderator said. “You wanted lawmakers to have access to the former President’s confiscated documents, his Florida residence, which you appear to have…”
Schumer then interjected to reiterate his assertion of consistency, claiming that we should wait for the special counsel to investigate while simultaneously defending Biden and slamming Trump.
Next, Harlow attempted to ask Schumer about the clear lack of transparency in the White House. But before she could finish her question, an irritated Schumer cut her off.
“The bottom line is that prosecutors are going to get to the bottom of this, and for God’s sake let them do it,” he exclaimed. “I know you want to buzz around and all, but the bottom line is…”
“Wait a minute, it’s not just us humming!” Lemon interjected, defending his colleague. “You are the Democratic leader of the Senate. This is a really important topic. It’s not just us buzzing around.”
When Harlow finally asked her question, Schumer ignored her and deferred again to the Special Counsel’s investigation.
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