On Tuesday, the day after the story broke that classified documents had been found at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, CNN offered some analysis in the form of Republicans pouncing: Just as House Republicans are taking control of the House, this new “line of attack” has fallen “into their laps.” This is important because Republicans in the House are clamoring to investigate the Biden administration.
Now CNN’s back with a new analysis, saying the Biden document scandal “eats away” at efforts to hold Republicans accountable. How so?
Biden’s document scandal eats away at efforts to hold Republicans accountable | Analysis https://t.co/G3KythxXfR
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 12, 2023
Stephen Collinson explains:
While Trump’s retention of hundreds of documents and attempts to thwart their transfer to the National Archives as required by law appears more serious at this stage, Biden’s deepening troubles are offering a huge opening to the new pro-Trump House majority. The GOP is already moving to unleash an investigative machine designed to prove their long-held belief that Democrats have weaponized the federal government and intelligence agencies against conservatives – and to create the appearance of equivalence between Trump’s behavior as president and the actions of Biden and his circle.
Biden’s own sharp criticisms of Trump’s handling of secret intelligence are now coming back to haunt him and opening him up to charges of hypocrisy. While each case will be assessed according to its own legal merits, the possibility that Trump would face criminal action for conduct that will – for many voters – appear to broadly mirror Biden might make any prosecution politically unsustainable.
Isn’t CNN the network that created a graphic showing the vast difference between Biden and Trump? After all, Biden had fewer than 12 classified documents in his office at the Penn Biden Center. Plus, they weren’t in Biden’s house. But that was before more classified documents were found in his garage in Wilmington. Time to update that graphic, CNN.
Yeah. THAT is the story here. 🤪
— Robert T. Ives (@Justalurke) January 12, 2023
This really is the tragedy of it all
— Michael Bruner (@MichaelBruner) January 12, 2023
Hold Republicans accountable for what?
— The Deacon (@sacresoldaten) January 12, 2023
He must hold himself accountable before pointing fingers 🤷♂️💯
— Rob Pagan (@TheRealRobPagan) January 12, 2023
No it doesn’t. Please take journalism seriously.
— seeking hope (@climate_an) January 12, 2023
Headlines like this is why I got rid of CNN news.
— Tea121036 (@tea121036) January 12, 2023
Trying desperately to keep the focus on the only political party which has responsibilities rather than privileges – Republicans
All hands on deck!
— Marie Arf 🇺🇸 🇮🇱 🇨🇦 (@schwingcat) January 12, 2023
It’s actually an opportunity to show equal treatment under the law. Biden and Trump both had possession of documents that weren’t theirs. Circumstances and the level of cooperation differ, but the offense is the same.
— Gary Conkling (@GaryConkling) January 12, 2023
Sorry this happened to you guys. Stay strong!
— They Call Me Mr. Class (@leo_lyons) January 12, 2023
Classified documents in the GARAGE next to his Corvette!!?? C’mon man!!
— Roger That! (@RogerWPetersen1) January 12, 2023
LOOOOOOOOL and you wonder why your ratings are tanking.
— ⚡️ (@urfavboltzfan) January 12, 2023
So you’re saying Republicans are “pouncing” or “seizing upon” this time?
— Eurasian Princess (@LukeHandCool2) January 12, 2023
Make it about Republicans. Brilliant.
— Kuno (@Kuno_Age_17) January 12, 2023
What does it do to efforts to hold Joe Biden accountable?
— Pon Pon Shrimp (@PonPonShrimp) January 12, 2023
Once again, Joe ends up doing what you guys have been accusing Trump of. But no worries, nothing will happen to him because this is (D)ifferent.
— Ohms133 (@ohms133) January 12, 2023
Or how about holding Biden accountable? Crazy right?
— NeVeRMoRe (@Bird_or_Devil) January 12, 2023
This cannot be by accident. I believe Biden is being set up by the Secret Service, which is rife with Trump subversives. We are on dangerous ground.
— Dan McCullar (@DanMcCullar) January 12, 2023
“We are on dangerous ground.” C’mon, man! It’s funny — CNN has made a lot of followers very angry by using the word “scandal” in the headline: more proof that the new CNN is just like Fox News. They’re even calling for a boycott of CNN for using the word.
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CNN: Biden’s classified documents are ‘a new line of attack’ that fell into Republicans’ laps https://t.co/j0B24f2hrW
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