(CNSNews.com) – Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) told “Fox and Friends” on Tuesday that he thinks there should be “some grace” given to former presidents or vice presidents who mistakenly take classified documents with them when they’re packing up and leaving office.
Unfortunately though, the Democrats have set the rules on how to react to such instances, he said, which is to have the FBI conduct a raid and do a thorough search, not have someone’s personal attorneys conduct a search after finding one document.
Crenshaw said that he doesn’t know if President Biden had a sign-in sheet at his home in Wilmington, Del.
“I don’t know if they have a sign-in sheet or not. My reaction to all of this is look, the Democrats and Joe Biden set the rules on how we are supposed to react to something like this, based on Trump’s documents that were in his residence, and so we have to play by those rules, and according to those rules we all have to freak out and then the FBI has to raid the home,” he said.
“That’s the rules. Do I think those should be the rules? No, I don’t think those should be the rules. I do not think Trump’s residence should have ever been raided for this. I think there should be some benefit of the doubt,” Crenshaw said.
“I think there should be some grace given to ex-presidents or ex-vice presidents who leave office and it’s crazy and it’s chaotic and people are packing stuff up and they’re not really sure where it went. That happens. I get it. That can be a mistake, but I didn’t make the rules now,” he said.
“The rules now say the FBI has to raid the home and do a thorough search, not your personal lawyers going through the garage and according to what we know, stopping the search after they find one document and going through whatever legal process they need to inform the archives. That’s what they are doing, but they also did not tell anybody,” Crenshaw said.
“The only reason they told anybody about this was because it was reported by the media, and see what frustrates me too is this actually happened, not in his residence, but in the U-Penn office in D.C. It happened before the election, so this was something that voters would like to know, especially because Donald Trump’s home was just raided by the FBI,” he said.
“That’s what makes it relevant. Otherwise, we could have some grace on this. We could say, look, mistakes happen, benefit of the doubt. Let’s make sure the process is now transparent from here going forward, but this has been six years in his garage,” Crenshaw said.
“There’s probably a lot of people who come over there, whether it’s workers, whether it’s staff, whether it’s friends, who knows, and they say they are being transparent but they are really not,” the congressman said.
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