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CBS News reporter frustrates Jean-Pierre for exposing hole in excuse for hiding details about Biden classified docs
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CBS News reporter frustrates Jean-Pierre for exposing hole in excuse for hiding details about Biden classified docs

CBS News correspondent Weijia Jiang called out White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday for not being forthcoming with details about President Joe Biden's improper retention of classified documents.

The press secretary has claimed she is not divulging details about the discoveries of classified documents to avoid interfering with the Justice Department's investigation. But Jiang quickly exposed the hole in that claim.

"Why, then, did the White House Counsel go to Wilmington to facilitate the handing over of documents to the DOJ?" Jiang asked. "How is that separating the White House from the DOJ?"

Jean-Pierre did not answer. Instead, she deferred to the White House counsel's office.

"But it's related to something that you keep telling us, which is how much it is important to this White House to separate the White House from the DOJ’s investigation," Jiang pushed back. "But the White House counsel was the one to go and facilitate the documents, to look for the documents."

In response, Jean-Pierre admitted that she is not going to provide substantive answers.

"Look, guys, you guys can ask me this 100 times, 200 times, if you wish," she said responded. "I'm going to keep saying the same thing."

Press Briefing by Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierreyoutu.be

Earlier in the briefing, NBC News reporter Peter Alexander called out the White House for attacking Republicans over concerns about Biden's actions.

"Why shouldn’t Americans be outraged about classified documents being found in a garage?" Alexander asked Jean-Pierre.

After she dodged the question and regurgitated the Biden administration's narrative that absolves Biden of wrongdoing, Alexander pressed further.

"Why shouldn’t Americans be upset about documents found in a garage?" he asked again.

But instead of answering the question, Jean-Pierre tried to shift away from the classified documents by downplaying how concerned Americans are with Biden's mishandling of them. Instead, she said, Americans care about the economy.

What is the WH saying?

On Monday, the White House went on the offensive and attacked House Republicans for vowing to investigate Biden.

"House Republicans are playing politics in a shamelessly hypocritical attempt to attack President Biden," said Ian Sams, a spokesman for the White House counsel's office.

Sams doubled down on Tuesday, accusing Republicans of "political stunts and theater." He also charged that Republicans are "faking outrage" because "they defended the former president’s actions."

Sams, however, did not cite any Republican lawmaker who defended Trump's improper retention of classified documents and his alleged refusal to return the documents.

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