On an episode of ABC's "The View," Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., stated that the handling of classified document cases for both President Biden and former President Trump should be treated equally.
During the episode, Sara Haines questioned Swalwell about the recent revelation of classified documents found at President Biden's Wilmington, Delaware residence, and sought his opinion on the gravity of the situation for the President.
Swalwell stated that appointing a special counsel would be "absolutely appropriate," but also noted that President Biden is cooperating fully in the investigation.
"I know it’s natural to compare this to what the former president has done where it looks like he wanted to keep the documents and is litigating that and fighting it in the courts. What worries me with President Trump is someone who was willing to leverage $350 million of taxpayer money to get dirt on his opponent as he did with the Ukrainians, if he has top secret documents in his possession, that he could leverage that for his own benefit. But again, I think, treat them both the same. Give independent analysis and independent scrutiny, and see where it goes," he said.
Co-host Sunny Hostin queried Rep. Eric Swalwell on whether he thought Attorney General Merrick Garland would bring charges against former President Trump, and if the alleged mishandling of classified material by President Biden would result in Trump avoiding accountability.
"Everything I know about Merrick Garland is that he truly is independent, and that frustrates a lot of people, his independence," Swalwell said. "He’s going to take each case on its merits and recognizes that the rule of law depends on this."
Whoopi Goldberg made the claim that Biden's classified documents aren't actually classified.
"We have no idea what’s in those boxes, and I want the law to look and say, ‘Man. this is recipes from some stuff he was trying to do with her,’ and, you know, because I believe that every president has boxes full of stuff that at one point might have been, you know, classified, but — you don’t take the stuff when it’s still hot. You don’t take the hot stuff, which is what you-know-who did. I can’t say his name. I still can’t," she said, referencing Trump.
During Wednesday's episode of "The View," the hosts called for greater transparency from the President and criticized the gradual release of information.
"I think it would go a long way to also say ‘and I was careless’ and so we need to not only review these documents but we need to review the processes that are in place," Hostin said.
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