KJP asked if she had ‘any reflections’ on Pence’s immediate disclosure of docs compared to Biden’s two-month delay

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was confronted at Tuesday’s press briefing about the timing of former Vice President Mike Pence’s “public disclosure” of classified documents in comparison to the White House acknowledging that classified documents were found in President Biden’s former office at a Washington, D.C. think tank.

The initial tranche of Biden documents, one of four to be discovered, was found 6 days before the midterm elections but the White House sat on that information for two months before finally revealing the find earlier this month.

CBS News White House correspondent Steve Portnoy seemed to take a clever shot at the administration when he asked Jean-Pierre about “any reflections” on timing.

“It being the White House’s position for the last several weeks that the president’s legal team did the right thing. Is it the initial observation of the White House that Pence’s legal team did the right thing?” Portnoy asked.

The president’s diversity hire responded with a familiar refrain these days, “That’s not for me to comment on from here. I would refer you to the Department of Justice.”

“One of the things that Pence team seems to have done in the last week is make public disclosure of the circumstance,” the reporter said in a follow-up. “They advised NARA [National Archives and Records Administration] but also advised Congress and now the public. Any reflections among the communications and press staff here as to how the Pence team handled it versus how you guys handled it?”

“I understand your question and I hear it. We’ve answered your question in many different variations. I’m just not — I don’t have anything else to share from here,” Jean-Pierre replied. “If you have any more specifics or details about this, about the ongoing legal matter, I would refer you to Department of Justice. Anything else, I would refer to the White House Counsel’s office.”

Jean-Pierre was eager to move on to the next reporter and ignored Portney when he pressed to ask, “Why did you not talk about it for two months?”

Referring reporters to the White House Counsel’s office is a common tactic amid all the controversy Biden is facing, as Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy found out on Tuesday:


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