Transcript: Rep. Mike Turner on “Face the Nation”

The next is a transcript of an interview with GOP Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio that aired Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023, on “Face the Nation.”

MARGARET BRENNAN: We go now to Ohio Congressman Mike Turner, he’s anticipated to go up the Home Intelligence Committee. Good morning to you. 

REP. MIKE TURNER: Good morning Margaret, thanks for having me. 

MARGARET BRENNAN: So we’ve got this growth in regard to the additional supplies that had been discovered at President Biden’s Delaware residence. What’s your response? And what does it signify to you that nobody realized that this categorised materials was lacking, a few of it relationship again to his Senate years?

REP. TURNER: That is actually unimaginable. And as you understand, congratulations to you, we might not know something about this if it hadn’t been that CBS had damaged this story. The White Home nor the Division of Justice had shared any of the knowledge with the general public. And this actually is one matter, we would not have this concern if it hadn’t been for Biden’s Lawyer Common did- making the choice to raid former President Trump’s home wanting for- for categorised paperwork that had been being held there. What’s wonderful about all that is it takes us to the query of why had been these paperwork right here? Nicely, now that we discovered that a few of these return to his Senate time, you understand, clearly he’s- he is grow to be a serial categorised doc hoarder. Why did he have these? Who did he present them to? I imply, the one motive you’ll be able to consider as to why anybody would take categorised paperwork out of a categorised area at house is to- is to point out them to anyone. Who did he present them to? That is going to be essential, I believe, to the particular counsel’s investigation, is why did the president have these paperwork? Who did he present them to him? And is it linked to the Biden household companies? 

MARGARET BRENNAN: Nicely, you understand, the variations in fact, too. I need to speak in regards to the Biden state of affairs. However simply to make clear, whenever you reference President Trump, there have been 300 categorised paperwork, there was a warrant, there was refusal to conform by way of handing issues over and the White Home and the president’s lawyer are stating that within the case of Biden, he granted permission, and this was consensual for the DOJ to return in and search. Does the truth that the Justice Division performed the search signify something extra to you and do you have got any perception into the sensitivity of the paperwork? 

REP. TURNER: Certain, completely. I believe this seems to be extra like a canopy up than an investigation.  

MARGARET BRENNAN: Do you have got any details to again up your- your allegations that he was hoarding issues by way of intention to take categorised materials versus it has been characterised that it was in some way unintentional? Do you have got any perception into what these supplies had been? 

REP. TURNER: Nicely, they did not fly to his residence with out him. They went on a prepare with him from the- his Senate places of work after which in containers that he was in command of. The chain of custody right here goes to be vital, as a result of we all know that these had been in Joe Biden’s arms and Joe Biden’s management, then ended up behind his Corvette in his storage and in his workplace, that he didn’t management and in addition all through his home, so the particular counsel is gonna must cope with the problem of what was the chain of custody? Who had these? Why did he take them to start with? When did he get them? When was he handed these paperwork? And what did he do with them? And it is a actual essential query to all this, why did he have these paperwork to start with? And that’s the reason the particular counsel’s work goes to be actually vital, as a result of I can consider no motive why the president ought to have taken residence, as a senator or as vp, any categorised paperwork that clearly don’t have any safety. They’re obtainable and open to anyone. 

MARGARET BRENNAN: You could have additionally earlier than this growth requested for a briefing from the Director of Nationwide Intelligence. You set a deadline of Thursday, do you have got any additional motive to imagine they’ll meet that deadline, that you’ll get any perception into these supplies?

REP. TURNER: Nicely we’ll must see, however what’s essential here–

MARGARET BRENNAN: They have not responded? 

REP. TURNER: –And this is essential, that is what’s essential to all of this, Margaret, and that’s the FBI and the nationwide archivists had been working fully unbiased of the intelligence group, or the Division of Protection. They declare this was all a difficulty of nationwide safety, however they didn’t converse to anybody who’s concerned in nationwide safety.

MARGARET BRENNAN: So no response but from the intelligence group?

REP. TURNER: I’ve not acquired a response, no. 

MARGARET BRENNAN: Okay. I additionally need to ask you what management seems to be like with Republicans in cost. You might be additionally on Home Oversight.

REP. TURNER: Proper.

MARGARET BRENNAN: Of the 26 Republican members on the committee, 19 of them denied the outcomes of the 2020 election. Your colleagues now embrace Marjorie Taylor Greene, Paul Gosar, Andy Biggs, Lauren Boebert, Scott Perry. All of them performed essential roles in – within the former president’s makes an attempt to overturn the 2020 election outcomes. Do you have got any issues about working with these lawmakers? I imply, you are very a lot a centrist.

REP. TURNER: Nicely, you understand, even on the Democrat facet, there’s been numerous individuals who objected to President Bush’s reelection and voted in opposition to certifying his election.

MARGARET BRENNAN: I’m asking about you, your get together, and your colleagues.


REP. TURNER: There is a lengthy historical past of each side, having raised points, together with, you recall, the- Al Gore taking President Bush’s election all the way in which to the Supreme Courtroom.


MARGARET BRENNAN: You aren’t an election denier by CBS requirements simply to be clear.

REP. TURNER: I’m not, and I work with each side of the aisle, and there are election deniers on each side of the aisle.

MARGARET BRENNAN: You might be snug with all these people I simply rattled off and the truth that nearly all of the Republicans on this committee denied the election outcomes. Is that what you’re saying? 

REP TURNER: What I am snug with is -the voters are very good. And these folks have been despatched to Congress to symbolize their districts and to be a part of the congressional debate-


REP TURNER:  -to lead us to what is going on to be bipartisan, bicameral resolutions. Now we have a break up authorities proper now, Republicans management the Home, the Senate is managed by the Democrats, you have got a Democrat president. We’ll have a whole lot of debate and discussions. And I believe that is going to be a really fruitful interval for- for Congress and for our nation, as a result of it’ll must be bipartisan, bicameral, and I imagine that the president in opening negotiations with Republicans is starting to start out that course of. 

MARGARET BRENNAN: What is definitely doable on this bipartisan, bicameral state of affairs? What are you able to truly get laws by on? 


REP. TURNER: Relying on what the pending- what the president’s keen to do, I believe it is limitless. Proper? Now we have actually robust points proper now. Now we have uncontrolled inflation. Now we have an open border and file folks crossing our border.

MARGARET BRENNAN:  What about gun management?

REP. TURNER: Now we have -we have the problem of Russia, and positively in Ukraine, and positively China, I believe we’ll have numerous points that we’ll must cope with.

MARGARET BRENNAN: All proper, Congressman Turner, we’ve got to depart it there right now. 

REP. TURNER: Thanks, Margaret.


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