White House slams MEDIA for ‘stirring up controversy’ when they ask Karine Jean-Pierre about Biden documents debacle – and get very limited answers
The White House has accused members of the media of seeking to exploit daily revelations about President Joe Biden’s possession of classified documents for their own benefit – amid pressure to provide answers straight on camera about the state of the ‘affair.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre faced calls to reveal more details about the documents discovered at Biden’s home in Wilmington on Friday – as she again referred questions from reporters to the Ministry of Justice.
Another White House official, Ian Sams – who spoke on behalf of the White House lawyer amid the ongoing investigation – faced similar demands on Monday in an off-camera “zoom” setting. .
‘In every presidency, you know, there’s a lot of people in the media who kind of try to stir up controversy for attention or – or camera time,’ he rumbled, when asked about the critics, and if he himself would provide a briefing on camera. (He sat down for an MSNBC interview earlier on Monday.)
President Joe Biden answered some questions about the document discoveries at his home and Penn Biden’s office. But the White House referred a host of questions about the classified documents found there to the Justice Department
His broadside came on a day when Jean-Pierre wondered if Biden was “surprised” by the latest discovery of documents after Friday’s FBI search.
“The underlying problem we’re talking about here is that as soon as the president’s personal team noticed something, they immediately, quickly and transparently disclosed it to the proper authorities,” he continued.
“They noticed a document with classified marking; they immediately contacted the relevant authorities. And from that moment they have been, and we, as the White House, have fully cooperated with the appropriate reviews throughout this process. This is what we are talking about,” he insisted.
Sams, who took on her new role in anticipation of facing intense House GOP investigations, said the office has attempted to provide ‘public information as appropriate in accordance with this ongoing investigation to uphold the integrity of this investigation,’ and repeated Biden’s refrain of seeking an independent GM.
He also took a veiled photo of Donald Trump saying, “And I know for, you know, a lot of you guys who’ve been covering this for a couple of years in particular, it may be a foreign concept.”
His slap came on a day when Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy nearly provoked Jean-Pierre by asking, “When you found out the FBI had located even more classified documents in Wilmington, what four-letter word did you you used?”
“Oh my God,” she replied.
The White House press secretary referred to a separate off-camera briefing when asked about the documents on Monday
“When you found out the FBI had located even more classified documents in Wilmington, what four-letter word did you use?” asked Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy
Photos of the entrance to President Joe Biden’s lakeside home in Wilmington, DE. FBI agents searched the premises on Friday. There are calls to search Biden’s Rehoboth Beach home
He went to further lengths to try to knock her off her talking points — as did reporters from CBS News, ABC, NBC and other outlets.
Peter Doocy wanted to know if there was “precedent for presidential candidates after the FBI searched their sock drawer?” — in a reference to the 1 p.m. search, which the White House attorney’s office said included every room in Biden’s home.
It also didn’t elicit much reaction from Jean-Pierre. “Here is what the president is going to focus on. He’s going to focus on continuing to deliver for the American people. That’s his goal. That’s what he focuses on every day, ”replied Jean-Pierre.