White House Won’t Say If Feds Searching For More Biden Classified Docs Or If Biden Is Involved In Search
Karine Jean-Pierre, White House press secretary, speaks during a news conference in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room with Stephen Curry, basketball player for the NBA's Golden State Warriors, left, and Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, right, at the White House in Washington, DC, US, on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. President Biden is honoring the team to celebrate their 2022 NBA championship against the Boston Celtics.
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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to say during Tuesday’s press briefing whether federal officials were still searching for additional classified documents from President Joe Biden’s time as vice president in the Obama administration.

“Last week [you said] that we all can assume, the American people could assume that the searches were completed and all the documents have been recovered,” the Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller said. “On Saturday, the White House Counsel’s Office said that five additional classified documents had been found.”

“Is it safe to assume now that all the documents have been recovered, all the official records, all the classified documents are back in [the] custody of the National Archives?” Miller asked. “Or are more searches underway to find out if there’s anything out there?”

Jean-Pierre refused to answer the question, claiming that she was being “prudent” by letting the DOJ’s special counsel investigation into Biden continue without commenting on it.

During another portion of the press conference, Jean-Pierre was asked if Biden was physically involved in going through his things searching for classified documents.

“Is he physically joining in the search for these things, rummaging around these boxes in the garage and wherever else?” a reporter asked. “I mean, literally.”

Jean-Pierre responded by saying that she was being “very clear” in that she would not comment on the investigation or matters related to the investigation.

“Did you not know on Friday that those additional documents had been found when you were at the podium, or were you being directed by someone to not be forthcoming on this issue?” another reporter asked.

“I have been forthcoming from this podium,” Jean-Pierre responded. “What I said yes to was what the statement at the time was–what we all had. You all had the statement, and I was repeating what the [White House] counsel was saying at the time.”

Jean-Pierre also dodged questions from NBC News reporter Peter Alexander about “why shouldn’t Americans be upset about documents found in a garage.”

She also dodged tough questions from CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang about the scandal.

This report has been updated to include additional information.

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