Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz defended former Vice President Mike Pence’s reported possession of classified documents after he left office, just moments after blasting President Joe Biden for doing the same.
A TSTIME report revealed on Tuesday that classified documents were found in the former vice president’s home last week. The revelation followed news of classified documents dating back to the Obama administration that had previously been found in Biden’s home and private office.
Cruz took aim at Biden during a Tuesday appearance on the TSTIME Business show Kudlow, suggesting the president may have been guilty of “high crimes” by preserving the documents and demanding that the FBI search his son Hunter’s property to find more.
“The FBI must search Hunter Biden’s residences and all of Hunter Biden’s corporate offices to determine if there is classified material there,” Cruz said.
“If this classified material specifically pertains to Burisma, Ukraine, Communist China, payments go to Hunter Biden or Joe Biden’s brother or the Biden family,” he continued. “Then this shifts from a political problem to a very serious problem of criminal liability and serious crimes.”
Cruz was then asked about Pence’s find. The senator protested that it was too “early” to pass a similar judgment on the former vice president. He said Pence was a “good friend” and insisted his situation was “very different” from Biden’s, despite both men apparently keeping classified documents after serving as vice president.
“The story of Mike Pence, it’s early days,” Cruz said. “You know, Mike Pence… he’s a good friend, he’s a good man. He explained where these came from… That was a mistake, but there’s no reason to believe it was anything but accidental.’
“That’s very different from what Joe Biden has done,” he added. “Biden has not given any explanation as to how these secret documents got there. And in particular, he has not explained how he has documents from his time in the Senate.”
Cruz was called out a short time later for the social media comments, with some accusing the Texan Republican of hypocrisy.
“Can I say again that Ted Cruz sucks?” tweeted Joe Walsh, a former Republican congressman and 2020 presidential candidate. “He doesn’t have the honesty, the decency, or the honesty to simply say, ‘It was wrong for Biden to have secret documents at home and it was wrong for Pence to have secret documents at home. documents’ and leave it at that.”
“Ted Cruz might as well say there’s a big difference between Mike Pence and Joe Biden. I’d vote for Mike, but not Joe.” tweeted author Grant Stern.
“Shameless hypocrisy from Ted Cruz?” actor Bob Clendenin tweeted. “You are kidding me.”
Last month, Cruz was mocked and accused of hypocrisy after he lashed out at Biden for traveling to the Caribbean for a family vacation just after a massive winter storm hit the US
Critics were quick to point out that Cruz himself faced backlash after leaving Texas to vacation in Cancun, Mexico, while his home state faced a brutal storm and widespread blackouts in 2021.
Despite calling for the FBI to raid Hunter Biden’s properties on Tuesday, Cruz previously argued that the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago in August “corruption and abuse of powerby the Biden administration.
The raid on Trump’s home uncovered more than 100 classified documents. Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed special counsel to investigate both the Trump and Biden document finds, with the fate of a potential investigation into Pence yet to be determined.
News week has reached out to Cruz’s office for comment.