President Biden said Thursday that he has “no regrets” about his handling of classified documents that were discovered at his home and former Washington, DC office.
The president made the remarks while touring California to assess the damage from a series of recent winter storms that have hit the state.
At the conclusion of his speech, a reporter yelled a question about the classified documents.
“Frankly, what bothers me is that we have a serious problem here that we are talking about. We are talking about what is happening,” Biden said, referring to the damage. “And the American people don’t quite understand why you don’t ask me questions about that.”
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The president then allowed the question to continue. The reporter asked Biden if he regretted not disclosing the existence of those documents when they were discovered less than a week before the November midterms.
“We found that a handful of documents were filed in the wrong place,” Biden said. “We immediately turned them over to the Archives and the Department of Justice. We are fully cooperating and look forward to resolving this quickly.”
He added: “I think they’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 nothing there.” ”
The White House said Biden’s lawyers discovered classified documents and official records on four separate occasions: on November 2 at the offices of the Penn Biden Center in Washington, on December 20 in the garage of the president’s home in Wilmington, Delaware , and on November 11 and 12 in the library of the president’s house.
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Biden previously criticized his predecessor for possessing such sensitive records.
“When you saw the photograph of the top-secret documents lying on the ground at Mar-a-Lago, what did you think when you looked at that image?” asked Scott Pelley of CBS.
“How could that happen, how could someone be so irresponsible?” Biden responded. “And I thought what data was there that could compromise the sources and the methods. By that, I mean, the names of the people who helped, and so on.”
“And it is totally irresponsible,” Biden added.
Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Robert Hur, a former federal prosecutor from Maryland, as special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation into the documents.
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Fox News Digital has reached out to the White House for clarification on Biden’s comments on Thursday.
Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.