White House responds to Biden’s ‘no regrets’ take on classified docs

The White House responded to remarks by President Joe Biden dismissing the seriousness of the probe into the discovery of classified materials at his Delaware home and saying that he has “no regrets” over the scandal that threatens to derail his reelection hopes.

During his trip to the West Coast where he was accompanied by California Governor Gavin Newsom to survey damage from storms that have pounded the state, the leader of the free world insisted that it’s all a big nothing-burger, a take that quickly drew criticism.

During Friday’s daily press briefing, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre ducked serious questions about the document scandal while insisting that despite her boss’s flippant attitude, he really does take the careless handling of classified material seriously.

 

“What does the president mean when he said ‘no regrets?'” asked a reporter, “Because he’s also said he takes very seriously the handling of classified documents so I’m unclear about what he means about no regrets.”

“So, I’m not going to comment further from what the president has said yesterday. I think he — he laid out his thoughts,” Jean-Pierre responded. “He was asked about it. He laid out his thoughts of whatever question he was asked. I’m not going to get — I’m not going to get into specifics, or I’m not going to go beyond what the president has said, but I will reiterate from here that — and basically, what he said to all of you many times at this point, that he does indeed take classified information seriously, he does indeed take classified documents seriously. I’m just not going to go beyond that.”

“I would refer you to the White House counsel’s office for any specifics on the president’s comments or what — how the process is moving forward,” she added.

“We found a handful of documents were filed in the wrong place,” Biden told reporters. “We immediately turned them over to the [National] Archives and the Justice Department. We’re fully cooperating and looking forward to getting this resolved quickly.”

“I think you’re going to find there’s nothing there. I have no regrets. I’m following what the lawyers have told me they want me to do. It’s exactly what we’re doing. There’s no there there,” he added, appearing to be miffed that anyone would even ask him such a question.

The discovery of the documents at his former office at a Washington, D.C. think tank as well as the Delaware home  that he shared with his corrupt son Hunter Biden drew accusations of rank hypocrisy over the disparity of treatment after Attorney General Merrick Garland signed off on an FBI invasion of former President Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence over classified material.

Garland did appoint veteran prosecutor Robert Hur as a special counsel to investigate the pilfered documents.

When confronted by reporters seeking his comments on the document scandal this week, a bemused Biden’s smirking reaction gave the impression that he knows that the fix is already in and that he is untouchable.

(Video: Daily Mail)

Jean-Pierre also added that she would let “the president’s words stand for itself,” before moving on to other topics.

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