Rubio Explains Difficulty Of Removing Classified Documents From Senate

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has described the shocking lengths President Joe Biden would have had to go to in order to remove classified documents from the Senate.

Following the revelation of the president’s classified documents scandal, it was discovered that some of the documents mishandled by Biden came from his time serving in the U.S. Senate. Many critics immediately questioned how difficult it would have been to remove the documents from the Senate, considering most senators don’t have access to those kinds of documents without following a strict protocol.

During a Tuesday appearance on Fox News Channel’s “Jesse Watters Primetime,” Rubio discussed Biden’s scandal and the actions he would have had to take to remove them.

The Florida Republican noted that some of the classified documents in Biden’s possession were at his old office at the Penn-Biden Center in Washington, D.C., while others were at his Wilmington, Delaware, home — pointing out that this means “somebody had to go through these boxes to decide what goes to the center and what doesn’t go to the center.”

“I think any time documents are removed from their proper setting, especially after someone’s been serving for a while, it’s a problem,” Rubio said. “I don’t care who did it.”

The GOP senator then argued that Biden’s scandal is especially concerning because of how “bizarre” it is for him to have classified documents from his time in the Senate.

“I think the Biden connection one is more concerning for the following reason, and that is we’re talking about eight years of vice presidential service and the one that’s really bizarre is documents going back to the Senate,” Rubio said, explaining that “In the Senate, you really — it’s not like you can bring these things into your office without the proper protocols being followed to begin with. And generally, most members of the Senate can’t do that if they don’t have a staff member who’s cleared to bring you documents to read. It has to come in a special secure pouch that has to be locked and that person themselves has to have the clearance to be able to move it around.”

“So, for a senator to take classified documents, they would have to do it almost deliberately,” he added.

Rubio went on to discuss the fact that Biden’s documents were spread out between his old office and his home, wondering why some were “moved” to the office.

“But the one that’s concerning here is that a bunch of products, a bunch of documents were moved to his — to the center at the university,” he said. “These documents apparently were not. So, at some point, somebody had to go through these boxes to decide what goes to the center and what doesn’t go to the center. So, why were these left behind in the house and the others were delivered to the center? I think these are the kinds of things we need answers to. Right now, we’re not getting any answers from the director of national intelligence. But we will. And I think there’s a bipartisan commitment, frankly, to get those answers.”