On Tuesday, Politico put Russia’s Public Enemy #25 Senator Mike Rounds on the record as one of the “few and far between” Republicans cutting through the malarkey and saying that Donald Trump’s stashing classified documents at his Florida resort is naughty:
“You shouldn’t be taking those classified things that are supposed to be … in a classified location,” said Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), who has previously drawn Trump’s ire for criticizing the former president’s false claims about the 2020 election. “There are specific areas where classified materials are looked at. And it’s pretty clear-cut” [Andrew Desiderio and Nicholas Wu, “GOP Offers Strained Trump Defenses in Mar-a-Lago-Probe—For Now,” Politico, 2022.09.06].
The Argus Leader gets Rounds’s South Dakota unsanctioned seatmates to back him up:
Sen. John Thune echoed what Rounds had told Politico.
“The rules for handling classified information are pretty clear,” said Thune.
Rep. Dusty Johnson stood by his Senate counterpart.
“Procedurally, Mike is exactly right,” he said in an emailed statement to the Argus Leader. “Classified documents belong in a classified setting” [Annie Todd, “Sen. Thune, Rep. Johnson Stand with Sen. Rounds on Criticism of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Documents,” Sioux Falls Argus Leader, 2022.09.08].
They aren’t shouting Lock him up! yet, but South Dakota’s Senators and Representative are at least speaking accurately about the impropriety of having classified documents sitting around in a private citizen’s home.