The arrogance is astounding. We were just lectured for months on the importance of maintaining the integrity of classified documents. Now they are treating the cavalier management of classified documents as a clerical inconvenience.
Karine Jean-Pierre was forced to defend Joe Biden against charges of hypocrisy on Thursday as she was grilled in her press briefing on why the White House waited nearly a month to reveal there were additional classified documents in the president’s private possession.
The White House press secretary was specifically interrogated – for the majority of her time at the podium – about Biden’s promise to have a transparent administration in the wake of new details provided by the Justice Department in its probe of the president’s classified cache.
Attorney General Merrick Garland revealed on Thursday that Biden’s personal lawyer informed the Justice Department on December 20th that they had found classified documents in his garage at his Wilmington home.
The White House had not revealed that information until Thursday – a few hours before Garland announced he was appointing a special counsel to investigate the matter.
It had plenty of opportunities – including when White House counsel Richard Sauber put out a statement on Monday about classified documents dating back to Biden’s time as vice president being discovered at the office of his D.C. think tank.
‘We have been transparent here. That is why the minute that his lawyers found those documents, they reported it. They reached out to the Archives and the Department of Justice, and they did that voluntarily, and they were not compelled to do it. They did it voluntarily,’ she emphasized.