Most Americans disapprove of the way the Biden White House has handled the controversy over the president’s classified documents, according to a new national poll.
With the White House refusing to answer questions about the discoveries of President Biden’s classified documents, nearly 6 in 10 (57%) Americans say they disapprove of how the president’s team has handled the situation, according to a CNN poll released on Tuesday.
The poll also found strong bipartisan support for Attorney General Merrick Garland’s appointment of special counsel to investigate Biden, with 88% of Republicans, 84% of independents and 80% of Democrats saying they approve. . Two-thirds of those surveyed said documents found at Biden’s Delaware residence and his former office at the Penn Biden Center present a problem for the president, with 67% saying it is a very or somewhat serious problem.
The White House press team has deflected questions about Biden’s handling of classified documents since the special counsel’s appointment, referring reporters to the White House counsel’s office or the Justice Department. Four batches of classified materials have been found in Biden’s possession in total, dating from his time as vice president and as a senator from Delaware.
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On Tuesday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to “go down the rabbit hole” on the issue after Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy pressed her with some questions. And on Monday, White House counsel spokesman Ian Sams accused the press of trying to “stir up controversy for attention,” insisting that Biden is taking the matter seriously and allowing the Justice Department to act. in an independent way.
Biden’s personal lawyer, Bob Bauer, has said that the president is fully cooperating with the special counsel’s investigation.
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As the special counsel progresses, most Americans surveyed do not believe Biden broke the law with his handling of classified documents, the poll found. A 44% plurality said Biden has done something unethical, but not illegal, while 18% said he has done nothing wrong. More than a third of Americans (37%) said that Biden has done something illegal.
Yet when it comes to former President Donald Trump, the majority of Americans (52%) said Trump did something illegal by handling the roughly 300 classified documents the FBI seized at Mar-a-Lago last year. Less than a third of those surveyed (32%) said that Trump did something unethical, but not illegal, and only 15% believe that he has done nothing wrong.
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President Biden’s approval rating remains underwater, with 45% of Americans saying they approve of Biden’s job as president and 55% saying they disapprove.
Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.