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“No Worries, No Remorse”: Biden Minimizes Controversy Surrounding Classified Documents.

ByJosh Taylor

Jan 21, 2023

President Joe Biden brushed off concerns regarding the discovery of old classified documents that were found improperly stored in his personal belongings, stating “there’s nothing there”. During a trip to California, he was asked by reporters about the matter and responded, “I think you’re going to find there’s nothing there”.
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 no there there.” These remarks come just over a week after news broke that around a dozen secret documents from his time as vice president to Barack Obama were found in a former Biden office space, with additional documents later found in his Delaware home and garage.
The controversy has engulfed the White House and threatens to overshadow what allies anticipate will be the Democrat’s announcement of his intention to run for a second term in the 2024 election.
Despite being less severe than the actions of former President Donald Trump, who removed hundreds of documents from the White House to his Florida residence after leaving office, Biden is facing intense pressure from the media, Republicans in Congress, and a Justice Department investigation led by a special counsel.
After days of the White House avoiding answering reporters’ questions, Biden has taken action to defend himself, insisting that he has acted appropriately in a situation that the White House claims was simply a mistake in the handling of the materials.
“Let me be clear”,Biden stated, despite his initial frustration at being asked about the issue while he was in California to offer support to those affected by severe flooding and weather damage. “We have discovered a small number of documents that were incorrectly filed. We immediately handed them over to the Archives and the Justice Department. We are fully cooperating and eager to have this matter resolved swiftly”,he added.
Politically explosive
The revelation of the issue, initially reported by CBS News on January 9, caught the White House unprepared and damaged President Biden’s image as a restoration of competence and integrity after the tumultuous Trump administration.
Furthermore, the appointment of a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation into his handling of vice presidential documents is perceived as undermining the ongoing investigation led by a separate special counsel into President Trump’s case.
Trump, who is seeking re-election in 2024, repeatedly refused to cooperate with authorities trying to retrieve a larger amount of classified documents from him. However, the likelihood of prosecution for Trump may now be reduced, as the Justice Department may wish to avoid appearing to treat him more harshly in an already politically charged situation.
With Republicans now in control of the US House of Representatives, and far-right conservatives holding a significant amount of power, they have already pledged to conduct their own investigations. On Tuesday, the White House accused the Republicans of “faking outrage” over the documents in question under the Biden administration.

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