During Monday’s press briefing at the White House, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre deflected all questions regarding the new classified documents found on Friday in the President’s Wilmington home.
Jean-Pierre continues to use “ready-made” answers, such as “the President takes the handling of classified information seriously,” and repeatedly mentioned economic achievements from Biden’s government unrelated to the investigation process.
Asked, “why should the American people believe this president takes classified material and the handling of it seriously” given that more documents continue to be found in Biden’s possession, Jean-Pierre gave an unrelated answer.
“As it relates to the American people, it is up to them to decide how they see this President. This is a president that came into office when 9 million people had lost their jobs, the unemployment rate was at 6.3% and hundreds of thousands of small businesses had closed. We have created 11 million jobs, the unemployment rate is at a 50-year record low, and the last two years were the best years for small business applications. The President has been in office for the last two years focusing on the American people, and we saw what the American people had to say during the midterms. As it relates to this ongoing legal matter, I would refer you to my colleagues at the White House Counsel’s office,” declared Jean-Pierre.
Given that the President takes classified documents “seriously,” as Biden himself and his team posed, it remains unclear why it took several searches and the FBI’s involvement to uncover the full extent of the documents in Biden’s possession.
“He takes it [handling of classified information] very seriously, you’ve heard that from him. The President and his team are cooperating fully. The FBI was invited into the President’s home. I am not going to go beyond that. These are questions that have been answered from here, that have been answered by my colleagues,” replied Jean-Pierre.
However, many, if not all, questions surrounding the classified material found in Biden’s residence remain unanswered.
In California last week, President Biden stated that he has “no regrets” over handling classified information. Jean-Pierre refused to answer why, if Biden did not have any regrets, classified documents kept turning up.
“I am not going to go beyond what the President has said. Again, I am going to refer you to the White House Counsel for anything further on this legal matter. I am not going to go into what he meant or didn’t mean,” declared Karine Jean-Pierre.
Top Democrats in the Senate have stated that Biden’s handling of classified material has been unacceptable and completely irresponsible. According to Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, Biden should be “embarrassed by the situation.”
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, from West Virginia, declared that Biden “should have a lot of regrets. … You just might as well say, ‘Listen, it’s irresponsible.'”
Asked about who’s paying for the Biden’s legal costs, Jean-Pierre did not say much. “I mean it’s his private attorney. So I would just say it is his private attorney,” Jean-Pierre was cryptic.
When questioned if the President is still confident in the investigation process after a new set of classified documents were found in his residence, Karine Jean-Pierre stated that Biden remains confident in the investigation procedures and that the White House continues to “provide the information” they have at the time.
In reference to the President’s and the press secretary’s repeatedly used catchphrase, “the President takes the handling of classified information very seriously,” he asked what evidence could Jean-Pierre could provide.
The Press Secretary failed to answer and said that the public should refer to the White House Counsel and the statements made by the President and his lawyers as proof of Biden’s seriousness regarding classified materials.
Biden’s discourse surrounding this issue continues to be shallow, providing little to no information on investigation procedures.
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