In response to the discovery of secret documents in his office, US President Joe Biden stated that he has “no regrets” about how he handled them.
Classified materials were discovered at his house and at the office he used after serving as vice president, but the US president insists he has no remorse about holding off on disclosing the discovery of the documents until after the midterm elections.
When a reporter questioned him about why he did not reveal the documents in November after they were discovered, he responded in kind.
On January 20, Biden told reporters, “I have no regrets; I think you’re going to find there’s nothing there.”
“I’m doing as the attorneys have instructed me to do. That is precisely what we are doing.
It was the first time Biden has discussed the secret documents in public. Republicans in particular have criticized the president for holding off on disclosing the finding of the documents.
The first batch of records were discovered on November 2 at the Penn Biden Center, a think tank Mr. Biden founded in Washington, DC, according to early January statements made by Biden’s attorneys.
According to the president’s lawyers, another document was discovered at the president’s private residence on January 12 after a second set of records were discovered there on December 20 at Mr. Biden’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware.
Biden reaffirmed that his staff has been working together with the agencies and that they quickly turned the records over to the National Archives and the Justice Department after discovering them.
Richard Sauber, Biden’s attorney, said that the papers were “accidentally misplaced.”
Robert Hur was chosen last week by US Attorney General Merrick Garland to head the inquiry into how the papers were handled.
Donald Trump, a former US president, is also under investigation for allegedly mishandling hundreds of confidential documents at his Florida Mar-a-Lago estate and for allegedly failing to appear as ordered.