President Joe Biden responded in Mexico to a report that broke this week about classified documents that were found in his private office in D.C. after he left the White House following his eight years as vice president.
A source familiar with the matter told CNN that the 10 classified documents contain U.S. intelligence memos and briefing materials on Iran, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom, though it is unclear what exact information is contained.
“Can you explain how classified documents ended up in one of your offices?” a reporter asked Biden during a joint press conference with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. “And should the public have been notified sooner?”
“People know I take classified documents or classified information seriously,” Biden said. “When my lawyers were clearing out my office at the University of Pennsylvania, they set up an office for me, secure office in the capital when I, for four years after being vice president, I was a professor at Penn. They found some documents in a box, you know, a locked cabinet, or at least a closet. And as soon as they did, they realized there were several classified documents in that box.”
“And they did what they should have done,” Biden continued. “They immediately called the Archives, immediately called the Archives, turned them over to the Archives.”
Biden said that when he was briefed about the lawyer’s discovery, he was “surprised to learn that there are any government records that were taken there to that office.”
“But I don’t know what’s in the documents,” Biden claimed. “I’ve — my lawyers have not suggested I ask what documents they were. I’ve turned over the boxes. They’ve turned over the boxes to the Archives. And we’re cooperating fully, cooperating fully with the review and which I hope will be finished soon. And there’ll be more detail at that time.”
BIden responds to classified documents that were found in his private office: "I was briefed about this discovery and surprised to learn that there are any government records that were taken there to that office. But I don't know what's in the documents." pic.twitter.com/je0OHrVqV5
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