(RepublicanPeak.com)- Virginia Democrat Senator Mark Warner, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee made the rounds of the Sunday morning news shows to voice dissatisfaction with the Biden administration’s lack of transparency regarding the classified documents discovered at President Biden’s Delaware home and former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
During an appearance on CBS News’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, Warner said the Intelligence Committee needs more information on the documents and the intelligence community must explain what it is doing to “mitigate the harm.”
Warner said the Biden administration’s position on the classified documents “does not pass the smell test” and said the Intelligence Committee has to make sure that the intel community and the Justice Department are doing what is right.
Warner added the committee has additional tools at its disposal to ensure it is getting the answers it needs, including by restricting some spending.
Both Warner and Intelligence Committee Vice Chairman Marco Rubio (R-FL) have been briefed by the intelligence community and since late February, have been demanding further information on the classified documents found.
In a joint statement in late February, Rubio and Warner said the February 28 Gang of Eight briefing on the classified documents “left much to be desired” and they would continue to “press for full answers” to their questions.
During his appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Senator Warner said the committee’s interest isn’t in whether the classified documents were mishandled by Biden, Trump, or former Vice President Mike Pence. Instead, as the committee’s job is to “oversee the intelligence community,” he wants to ensure that the classified records found in their possession do not fall “into the wrong hands” and what mitigation the intel community has put in place to prevent that from happening.
Warner also told host Jake Tapper that the Biden administration was not being transparent enough on the matter and said that the committee is considering “additional ways” it can increase pressure on the intelligence community and the Justice Department.