White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre became irritated on Wednesday during a press briefing when a reporter pressed her on whether President Joe Biden lied to the public about his son’s foreign business dealings.
The question came after House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced on Tuesday that Republicans would move forward with launching an impeachment inquiry into the president over evidence that they say shows a culture of corruption surrounding the Biden family.
“How confident are you that there will be no evidence that incriminates President Biden in Hunter’s business dealings as this goes forward?” a reporter asked.
House Republicans “have spent all year investigating the president,” Jean-Pierre responded. “That’s what they’ve spent all year doing, and have turned up with no evidence — none — he — that he did anything wrong. I mean, that is what we’ve heard over and over again from their almost year-long investigation. And that’s because the president didn’t do anything wrong–”
“Is lying to the public wrong?” a different reporter asked.
After continuing to answer the original question, Jean-Pierre snapped at the reporter who asked about lying: “To my friend in the back who just yelled out, which is incredibly inappropriate.”
“Do you dispute that he lied?” the reporter again pressed.
Jean-Pierre did not answer the question and claimed that Republicans “actually debunked their ridiculous attacks.”
BREAKING: @WhiteHouse @PressSec Karine Jean-Pierre as usual struggles hard to answer questions, says impeachment inquiry is illegitimate, attacks @RepMattGaetz and @RepMTG, claims Republicans themselves have said there is no evidence against Biden's alleged international… pic.twitter.com/yEbrF6bM6b
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) September 13, 2023
At the end of the press conference, a reporter asked Jean-Pierre: “Can you explain why the president interacted with so many of his son’s foreign business associates? More than half of voters told CNN they believe the president was involved and he lied. You can’t have a response to that, Karine?”
Jean-Pierre walked out of the press conference and did not answer the question.
"Can you explain why the president interacted with so many of his son's foreign business associates!? More than half of voters told CNN they believe the president was involved and he lied! You can't have a response to that, Karine?"
KARINE JEAN-PIERRE: *walks out* pic.twitter.com/mSusQmrNbh
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 13, 2023