What does Biden's documents saga mean for his 2024 re-election chances?

The sharpest opinions on the debate from around the web

President Biden.
(Image credit: Illustrated | Getty Images)

House Republicans have launched an investigation into the discovery of documents with classified markings at an office President Biden used after serving as vice president, and at his Wilmington, Delaware, private residence. Biden's personal lawyers discovered the papers and handed them over to the National Archives. Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), chair of the House Oversight Committee, sent a letter to the White House on Sunday demanding visitor logs for Biden's home, saying in a letter to White House chief of staff Ron Klain that without a list of visitors "the American people will never know who had access to these highly sensitive documents."

The White House deflected the request, saying the government doesn't keep logs of who visits presidents' private homes. Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special counsel to look into Biden's handling of the two small sets of documents. Another special counsel is investigating former President Donald Trump's storage of classified files at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, after repeated requests that he return them. Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) was among Biden's fellow Democrats who have said the recent revelations were "embarrassing" for Biden, who once called Trump's stash of classified material "just totally irresponsible." Has Biden put Trump in the clear, and altered the outlook for a possible rematch between the political rivals in the 2024 presidential election?

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.

SUBSCRIBE & SAVE
https://cdn.mos.cms.futurecdn.net/flexiimages/jacafc5zvs1692883516.jpg

Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up
To continue reading this article...
Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month.
Get unlimited website access, exclusive newsletters plus much more.
Cancel or pause at any time.
Already a subscriber to The Week?
Not sure which email you used for your subscription? Contact us