Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (Minn.) expressed being “glad” Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to oversee the probe into classified documents President Joe Biden held in unauthorized locations.
Speaking to MSNBC’s Symone Sanders-Townsend on Saturday (January 14), Omar insisted, “I’m glad that there is a special prosecutor that’s been appointed to investigate this.”
She claimed she felt that way because whenever there’s a “deviance in regard to security protocols,” an investigation should be conducted.
Omar also claimed it was “interesting” that Republicans wanted to investigate Biden, who had “cooperated” with the Department of Justice.
The Minnesota Democrat pointed to the GOP’s interest in investigating Biden when they didn’t share that enthusiasm for former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents.
She noted the different approaches the GOP was taking in each man’s case, emphasizing that Trump “refused to turn [the classified documents] over, lied about having them, made up some story about how he declassified them,” but wasn’t being looked into by Republican-led House Committees.
Omar’s remarks come as the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, chaired by Republican Rep. James Comer (KY.), announced it would be conducting an inquiry into the handling of Biden’s classified docs investigation.
Republicans have seized on the revelation that Biden kept classified documents in unauthorized locations, similar to Trump, who he heavily criticized for doing that.
However, Omar asserted the GOP wasn’t “interested in upholding the law [or] following security protocols.” Instead, she claimed Republican lawmakers only wanted to play a “political game” by investigating Biden.