WASHINGTON — President Biden touted a promising inflation report and economic improvement in his remarks Thursday, while also addressing the second batch of classified documents found at his home in Wilmington, Delaware this morning.
After delivering his remarks on the Department of Labor’s consumer price report, the President answered a question about the classified documents found in his possession. He said the Justice Department team finished the review of classified documents found at his residence last night, and he is in full cooperation with the process.
“As I said earlier this week, people know I take classified documents, classified materials seriously,” Biden said. “We’re cooperating fully and completely with the Justice Department’s review.”
On Tuesday, Biden’s legal team said that a small set of classified documents taken while Vice President were discovered at an office in Washington, D.C. The documents were given to the National Archives and the Department of Justice opened an investigation into the matter. The White House said on Thursday that further materials had been found at his home in Wilmington and were “inadvertently misplaced.
Biden said the documents were stored in his home garage.
“By the way, my Corvette’s in a locked garage, okay, so it’s not like it’s sitting out in the street,” Biden said.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel, Robert K. Hur, to look into Biden’s possession of these documents. Hur was appointed by former President Donald Trump to serve as the U.S. attorney to Maryland and served in the role until 2021.
During an afternoon press briefing, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reiterated that the President was “surprised” to learn that the documents were there and he doesn’t know what’s in them.
She said his team reached out to the Department of Justice and the National Archives “the minute” they made the discovery.
“Now this is in the hands of the Justice Department,” Jean-Pierre said about the investigation.