Conservatives and Republicans criticized President Biden for saying Thursday that he “does not regret” how he handled the scandal of classified documents, which the White House kept hidden from the public for more than two months.
“I think they’ll find there’s nothing there,” the president told reporters in California, where he was surveying storm damage. “I have no excuses. I am following what the lawyers have told me they want me to do. That is exactly what we are doing. There is no there, there.
The derogatory comments caused quite a stir, with George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley calling them “downright infuriating” and “remarkably idiotic” due to the ongoing special counsel investigation.
“As a criminal defense attorney, I would be mortified for a client to publicly dismiss the seriousness of a possible crime while under investigation,” Turley wrote in an opinion column for Fox News Digital. “For most defendants, it would constitute ‘facing the lion,’ and prosecutors would not take kindly to the approach.”
“This just arrived,” joked RedState columnist Buzz Patterson on Twitter, “China and Ukraine have no regrets about their access to Biden documents either.”
In a later tweet, Patterson pondered that Biden “does not regret” his handling of classified documents. He said the same after the disaster of the withdrawal from Afghanistan. What exactly does he regret?
Republican lawmakers also hit Biden hard for his shocking statement.
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“Of course Biden has no regrets about his illegally possessing classified documents,” said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wrote in a tweet that rattled off a list of other messes caused by the administration.
“I don’t regret their open borders. I don’t regret abandoning the Americans in Afghanistan. I don’t regret anything,” added Issa.
“Joe Biden has been in the White House for 730 days. He spent all or part of the 197 days at his home in Delaware with no “repentance” about the classified documents he illegally stored in his garage, among other places…” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R- NY) tweeted.
“Biden says he has ‘no regrets’ that various classified documents have been stored in various insecure locations for several years, where untold numbers of people had access to them. Biden is a hypocrite who cannot be trusted,” Republican National Committee chair Ronna McDaniel told the Daily Mail in a statement.
“In his own words, how could anyone be so irresponsible?” McDaniel added, referencing the 80-year-old president’s comments on “60 Minutes” on September 18 about former President Donald Trump’s classified materials scandal.
Republican pollster Logan Dobson used Biden’s own words against him, tweeting: “Joe Biden in 2021: ‘I’m going to make mistakes,’ he said. ‘When I do them, I’ll recognize them. I’ll tell you. I will need your help to help me correct them. We are not leaving. We will take responsibility. That’s what we do.’”
When asked about Biden’s comment on Friday, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre offered no further information on the president’s bizarre statement.
“What does the president mean when he said ‘I have no regrets’, because he also said that he takes the handling of classified documents very seriously?” asked NBC News reporter Kelly O’Donnell during the White House press briefing.
To which Jean-Pierre replied: “So, I am not going to comment further on what the president has said. Yesterday, I think he exposed his thoughts. He was asked about it. He expounded his thoughts on any question they asked him. I am not going to go into details or I am not going to go beyond what the president has said.
He added: “But I’ll reiterate from here, that basically what he’s told all of you many times at this point, but he does indeed take classified information seriously, he does indeed take classified documents seriously.”
She declined to comment further.