President Biden has said he has “no regrets” about his decision not to inform the general public about the discovery of classified documents at his former office ahead of the midterm elections back in November.
Biden made the comments at a press conference in Aptos, California on Jan. 19 where he has been assessing the damage caused by deadly storms that have hit the region in recent weeks.
The Democrat was persistently questioned by reporters regarding the discovery of classified documents and official records at his former office in Washington and his home in Delaware.
At one point, Biden appeared to become frustrated when asked if he has any regrets about the classified materials.
“You know, what quite frankly bugs me is that we have a serious problem here we’re talking about. We’re talking about what’s going on. And the American people don’t quite understand why you don’t ask me questions about that,” Biden said.
He then went on to explain the administration’s actions after discovering the classified materials, adding that he has no regrets about choosing not to reveal the existence of the documents back in November, before the midterms elections.
Documents Were ‘Filed in Wrong Place’
“Okay, look, as we found, we found a handful of documents were failed, were filed in the wrong place,” Biden said. “We immediately turned them over to the archives of the Justice Department.”
The president added that he was “fully cooperating and looking forward to getting this resolved quickly.”
“I think you’re going to find there’s nothing there. I have no regrets. I’m following what the lawyers have told me they want me to do. That’s exactly what we’re doing. There’s no ‘there there,’” Biden added.
Classified documents from Biden’s time as vice president have been discovered at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, where Biden previously had an office, and at one of his homes in Wilmington, Delaware.