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USA: Biden on secret documents: “I have no regrets”

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US President Joe Biden has defended the White House’s handling of the appearance of classified documents in his private rooms.

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US President Joe Biden has defended the White House’s handling of the appearance of classified documents in his private rooms.

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“I have no regrets,” Biden said yesterday at a meeting in California, when asked by a reporter. She had asked Biden if he regretted not earlier announcing that a first tranche of confidential government documents had been discovered in private rooms back in November. “We immediately turned them over to the Department of Justice archives,” Biden said. They are cooperating “fully” and look forward to resolving the matter quickly. “I think you’ll see that there’s nothing there,” he said.

The White House has been criticized for its information policy. It was only announced over the weekend that further documents had been discovered in Biden’s private home in the US state of Delaware. Documents had previously been found there and in Biden’s private quarters in the capital, Washington. The White House only admitted this after media reports. On Tuesday, the White House defended its hesitant release of information regarding classified documents. Due to investigations by the Justice Department, information can only be made public to a limited extent, a spokesman said. It is natural that new information would gradually come to light during an investigation.

The documents date from Biden’s time as Vice President under Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017. The White House has repeatedly emphasized that Biden’s lawyers immediately handed over the documents to the National Archives, which is responsible for safekeeping. Attorney General Merrick Garland, appointed by Biden, hired a special investigator last week to investigate the incident. Biden traveled to California on Thursday to get an idea of ​​​​the destruction after devastating storms.

Source: Stern

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