Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House Press Secretary, spent the entire time during a press conference this past Wednesday dodging questions about the currently evolving scandal in which heavily classified documents were discovered from when President Joe Biden served as the vice president. These documents have been found in two separate places, his private office and a second area that has not yet been disclosed.
This past Monday, the story first broke to the public when a report from CBS News stated that lawyers working for Biden were “packing files housed in a locked closet to prepare to vacate office space at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C.”
A report from CNN explained that a number of the classified documents that had been found included some designated as top-secret files containing “sensitive compartmented information,” which means that the materials include very sensitive information that was gathered by intelligence sources.
Peter Doocy, the Fox News White House Correspondent, intensely questioned Jean-Pierre about the issue, making use of the comments previously made by Biden while taking part in a “60 minutes” interview against the President.
“On these documents, how could anyone be that irresponsible?” questioned Doocy. “Isn’t that what this president said about mishandling classified documents?”
“The president spoke to this personally,” answered Jean-Pierre. “He believes that classified documents and information should be taken seriously. He takes them seriously.”
“Here’s what happened when his lawyers found out that the documents were there,” she went on. “They immediately turned them over to the Archives.”
“But they were there in the first place,” questioned Doocy. “I understand that they did the right thing–”
“I’m not going to go into specifics,” quickly interrupted Jean-Pierre. “What I am reiterating to you is what you heard from the president yourself, Peter, which is how he saw the process and how he respects and truly respects and takes this very seriously.”
Doocy once again pressed, “How can President Biden be trusted moving forward with America’s secrets?”
“Because his lawyers, his team did the right thing,” she exclaimed.
“But he had a closet with classified information in it that they found,” fired back Doocy.
“Again, he was surprised the records were there,” she stated. “He was surprised the records were there. And when his lawyers found out and his team found out that they were there, they turned it over to the Archives. And now it’s being reviewed by the Department of Justice.”