Senior Democrats and Republicans in Congress have been granted access to the classified documents that were retrieved from the residences of former President Donald Trump, President Joe Biden, and former Vice President Mike Pence, according to Punchbowl News.
The senior lawmakers, known as the “Gang of Eight,” had been part of a campaign to be given the files as part of their job overseeing the US intelligence gathering, led by Senators Mark Warner (D-VA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL). Both senators had spent months pressuring the Biden administration to hand over the documents to the Senate Intelligence Committee.
According to the report, the White started giving the documents to the lawmakers, which also include the leaders of the House Intelligence Committee, last week.
While they had been previously briefed, they had criticized the updates as lacking in overall information.
Law enforcement searches of the homes and private offices of the three men discovered classified documents. The improper handling of the files is being investigated in a federal probe. The Senate and House Intelligence committees have long sought access to the documents, but had faced resistance from the Justice Department which had refused based upon the ongoing investigation.
The Gang of Eight had been calling for a full briefing since the August FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home uncovered over 100 documents marked classified, according to NBC News. In January, when Obama administration classified documents were found in a former office of Biden’s and at his Delaware house, the lawmakers renewed their calls for a full disclosure from the Biden administration.
A month later, Pence admitted to finding classified documents in his home and the FBI found an additional document.
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