Biden says he has no regrets over handling classified document discovery: ‘Nothing’

Biden says he has no regrets over handling classified document discovery: ‘Nothing’

President Biden said Thursday that he has “no regrets” about his handling of classified documents found at his home and former Washington, DC office.

The president made the remarks while on a tour of California to assess the damage from a recent series of winter storms that have wracked the state.

President Biden listens to a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Jan. 19, 2022.

President Biden listens to a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Jan. 19, 2022.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

At the end of his speech, a reporter shouted a question about the classified documents.

“You know what, frankly, bugs me is that we have a serious problem here that we’re talking about. We’re talking about what’s going on,” Biden said, referring to the damage. “And the American people don’t quite understand why you don’t ask me about that.”

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The president then allowed the matter to proceed. The reporter asked Biden if he had any regrets about not disclosing the existence of those documents when they were discovered – less than a week before the November midterms.

“​​​​​​​We found that a bunch 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 cooperating fully and look forward to a speedy resolution to this.”

President Joe Biden speaks with Paradise Beach Grille co-owners Chuck Maier and Ally Gotlieb, left, as he visits with local business owners and residents in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, to survey recovery efforts after after a series of severe storms.

President Joe Biden speaks with Paradise Beach Grille co-owners Chuck Maier and Ally Gotlieb, left, as he visits with local business owners and residents in Capitola, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 19, 2023, to survey recovery efforts after after a series of severe storms.
(AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

He said: “I think you’re going to find out there’s nothing. I have no regrets. I’m following what the lawyers told me they want me to do. That’s exactly what we’re doing . There is none there.”

The White House said Biden’s attorneys found classified documents and official records four separate times — on Nov. 2 at the Penn Biden Center offices in Washington, on Dec. 20 in the president’s Wilmington, Delaware, garage at home, and on. November 11 and 12 in the President’s home library.

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Biden previously lambasted his predecessor for his possession of such sensitive records.

“When you saw the photo of the top secret documents laid out on the floor at Mar-a-Lago, what did you think to yourself looking at that image?” Scott Pelley asked CBS.

“How could that happen, how could someone be so irresponsible,” Biden responded. “And I thought what details were there that could compromise sources and methods. By that, I mean, names of people who helped or et cetera.”

“And it’s just completely irresponsible,” Biden said.

Last week Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Robert Hur, a former Maryland US attorney, to serve as special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation into the documents.

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Fox News Digital reached out to the White House for clarification on Biden’s comments on Thursday.

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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