US President Joe Biden said Thursday he has “no regrets” about not going public before the midterm elections about the discovery of classified documents in his former office and believes the matter will be resolved.
Attorney General Merrick Garland last week appointed special counsel to investigate the matter after classified documents were found in Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, and in a Washington, D.C., office he used before running for president.
The White House waited until this month to publicly announce that a “small number” of documents with classified markings had been found in November in an office Biden formerly used at a Washington think tank. The documents have been transferred to the US National Archives.
Other discoveries of documents at his home were also announced.
When asked on Thursday if he regretted not disclosing the existence of the documents in November before the midterm elections, Biden said he had no regrets.
“I think you’ll find there’s nothing there,” Biden told reporters as he toured California storm damage. “I have no regrets. I’m following what the lawyers have told me they want me to do. It’s exactly what we’re doing. There’s none there.”
The White House has said it is cooperating with the Justice Department’s investigation.
“We are fully cooperating and look forward to resolving this quickly,” Biden said.
Biden said that “a handful of documents … were filed in the wrong place.” He said the documents were immediately turned over to the National Archives and Justice Department after they were found.
The White House has been largely on the defensive since the initial revelations on Jan. 9 that the documents had been discovered.
Biden’s legal team acknowledged that it found classified documents related to his time as vice president in the Obama administration at his Delaware home, including some in his garage.
Biden expressed exasperation when asked about the touring controversy of damage from storms that swept across much of California.
“I’ll answer the question, but this is the deal. You know, what honestly bugs me is that we have a serious problem here that 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 about that,” he said.
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