Biden on decision not to disclose discovery of classified documents earlier: ‘I have no regrets’ | CNN Politics


President Joe Biden said Thursday that he “does not regret” not disclosing sooner that classified documents had been discovered in his private office in November.

“We are fully cooperating, hoping to resolve this quickly,” Biden said following comments about ongoing recovery efforts in California after recent storms. “I think you’re going to find there’s nothing there. I have no excuses. I’m following what the lawyers have told me they want me to do, that’s exactly what we’re doing. There is no there, there.

The comments are Biden’s first public comments on classified documents found in his private Washington, DC, office and his Wilmington, Delaware, home in a week. The president’s comment reflects what his White House is saying in public and in private, without going into the specifics of the case and promising full cooperation, but largely downplaying the political effects of the investigation, which Biden and his inner circle see Like another storm that will pass. .

Special counsel Robert Hur is investigating how the president and his team handled classified Obama-era documents recently found in Biden’s private possession. The first documents were found on November 2, but were not publicly revealed until last week, when CBS first reported their existence.

Since then, other documents have been found at Biden’s Wilmington home.

It’s an issue that has frustrated Biden behind closed doors, and that sentiment was made public on Thursday. Before answering a reporter’s question on the matter, the president vented about the lingering questions that have dogged him for the past two weeks.

“Frankly, what bothers me is that we have a serious problem here that we are talking about,” Biden said, referring to the damage from the storm. “We’re talking about what’s going on, and the American people don’t really understand why you’re not asking me about it. But having said that, what is your question?

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