White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to say during Tuesday’s press briefing whether federal officials were still searching for additional classified documents from President Joe Biden’s time as vice president in the Obama administration.
“Last week [you said] that we all can assume, the American people could assume that the searches were completed and all the documents have been recovered,” the Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller said. “On Saturday, the White House Counsel’s Office said that five additional classified documents had been found.”
“Is it safe to assume now that all the documents have been recovered, all the official records, all the classified documents are back in [the] custody of the National Archives?” Miller asked. “Or are more searches underway to find out if there’s anything out there?”
Jean-Pierre refused to answer the question, claiming that she was being “prudent” by letting the DOJ’s special counsel investigation into Biden continue without commenting on it.
AP’s @ZekeJMiller to KJP: “Last week….you” said “the American people can assume that the searches were complete and all the documents had recovered. On Saturday the WH counsel’s office said five additional classified documents…Are more searches underway”? pic.twitter.com/T0sh5Mgeq0
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 17, 2023
During another portion of the press conference, Jean-Pierre was asked if Biden was physically involved in going through his things searching for classified documents.
“Is he physically joining in the search for these things, rummaging around these boxes in the garage and wherever else?” a reporter asked. “I mean, literally.”
Jean-Pierre responded by saying that she was being “very clear” in that she would not comment on the investigation or matters related to the investigation.
👀 Karine Jean-Pierre won’t say if Biden himself is rummaging through his home for improperly stored classified documents. pic.twitter.com/DhNWhCJtLD
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 17, 2023
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