This week, there was a rather large turning of the proverbial tables in Washington DC, and Joe Biden’s reaction is both frustrating and telling.
Just yesterday, it was revealed that a number of classified documents were located in a former office of his, and that the DOJ would be investigating the incident. It was impossible to ignore the similarities to the situation down at Mar-a-Lago, in which former President Donald Trump was harangued by the media and the Democratic Party after allegedly classified material was discovered there. (Trump has long claimed that he had declassified the documents before removing them from the National Archives).
Now, as President Biden finds himself in similar crosshairs, the Commander in Chief is suggesting that he’s somehow “surprised” by the situation.
President Joe Biden said Tuesday he was surprised by the news that “boxes” of classified documents were discovered in an office he used after leaving the vice presidency, claiming ignorance of the existence of the materials.
“I was briefed about this discovery, and surprised to learn that there are any government records that were taken there to that office,” Biden said, reacting for the first time to the news during a press event in Mexico City on Tuesday.
Biden then attempted to shore up some confidence between he and the American people.
But Biden suggested that Americans should not doubt his respect for classified documents.
“People know I take classified documents, classified information seriously,” Biden said, detailing that the documents found were in a “locked” closet of his old office.
And he claimed that he wasn’t aware of the content of the documents either:
“I don’t know what’s in the documents. My lawyers have not suggested I not ask what documents they were,” Biden said, speaking carefully from his notes, noting there were “boxes” of documents that were turned over to the archives.
The situation will certainly complicate the situation over at the DOJ, as they contemplate potential charges in the case of Donald Trump’s prior purported infraction.