Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas defended former Vice President Mike Pence’s reported possession of categorized paperwork after leaving workplace solely moments after trashing President Joe Biden for doing the identical factor.
A CNN report on Tuesday revealed that categorized paperwork had been discovered on the former vice chairman’s dwelling final week. The revelation adopted information of categorized paperwork relationship again to the Obama administration and earlier had been discovered on the dwelling and personal workplace of Biden.
Cruz took purpose at Biden throughout a Tuesday look on the Fox Enterprise present Kudlow, suggesting that the president could also be responsible of “main crimes” by retaining the paperwork and demanding that the FBI search the properties of his son Hunter to search out extra.
“The FBI wants to look the residences of Hunter Biden and any enterprise places of work of Hunter Biden to find out if there are categorized supplies there,” Cruz stated.
“If these categorized supplies specifically implicate Burisma, Ukraine, communist China, funds going to Hunter Biden or Joe Biden’s brother or the Biden household,” he continued. “Then this shifts from a political drawback to a really significant issue of legal legal responsibility and main crimes.”
Cruz was then requested concerning the Pence discover. The senator protested that it was too “early” to move related judgement on the previous vice chairman. He stated that Pence was a “good pal” and insisted that his state of affairs was “very totally different” from Biden’s, regardless of each males apparently retaining categorized paperwork after serving as vice chairman.
“The Mike Pence story, it is nonetheless early,” Cruz stated. “You understand, Mike Pence … he is an effective pal, he is a superb man. He is defined the place these got here from … That was a mistake, however there is not any purpose to assume this was something however inadvertent.”
“That may be very totally different from what Joe Biden has completed,” he added. “Biden has given zero rationalization how these categorized paperwork obtained there. And specifically, he has given no rationalization as to how he has paperwork from his time within the Senate.”
Cruz was known as out for the feedback on social media a short while later, with some accusing the Texas Republican of hypocrisy.
“Can I simply say once more that Ted Cruz sucks?” tweeted Joe Walsh, a former Republican congressman and 2020 presidential candidate. “He does not have the honesty, the decency nor the truthful mindedness to easily say ‘It was unsuitable for Biden to have categorized docs at dwelling, and it was unsuitable for Pence to have categorized docs at dwelling’ and depart it at that.”
“Ted Cruz would possibly as nicely say: There is a huge distinction between Mike Pence and Joe Biden. I would vote for Mike, however not for Joe,” tweeted writer Grant Stern.
“Shameless hypocrisy from Ted Cruz?” actor Bob Clendenin tweeted. “You are kidding me.”
Final month, Cruz was mocked and accused of hypocrisy after lashing out at Biden for touring to the Caribbean for a household trip simply after a large winter storm hit the U.S.
Critics have been fast to level out that Cruz confronted backlash of his personal after leaving Texas to trip in Cancun, Mexico, whereas his dwelling state was dealing with a brutal storm and widespread blackouts in 2021.
Regardless of calling for the FBI to raid Hunter Biden’s properties on Tuesday, Cruz beforehand argued that the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago dwelling in August was “corrupt & an abuse of power” by the Biden administration.
The raid of Trump’s dwelling uncovered greater than 100 categorized paperwork. Legal professional Basic Merrick Garland has appointed particular counsels to research each the Trump and Biden doc finds, with the destiny of any potential investigation into Pence nonetheless to be decided.
Newsweek has reached out to the workplace of Cruz for remark.