White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre claimed on Tuesday that she didn’t know she had misled the media regarding President Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified documents.
During Thursday’s White House press briefing, Jean-Pierre misled the media and the American people in six different instances — claiming that the search for classified documents illegally stored in Biden’s home was completed on Wednesday.
Her claims were proven false on Saturday after it was revealed that additional classified documents were discovered on Thursday after her press conference.
After being pressured by several reporters on Tuesday about her false statements, Jean-Pierre finally admitted that she had misled the media — though she asserted that she did not know she was misleading them when she made the comments.
“No, I did not know,” the press secretary said. “I had the information that you all had at the time.”
Jean-Pierre then claimed that she was just repeating information given to her by White House lawyers, which was the same statement given to the media.
“I have been forthcoming from this podium,” she insisted, adding that she was being “very very careful and mindful” of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) investigation by withholding details about the process.
When questioned about whether she was “upset” that she had shared false information to the American people, Jean-Pierre responded by claiming that she did not want to interfere with the ongoing investigation.
COVER UP: On Thursday, the White House said SIX TIMES the search for classified documents was complete.
More classified documents were just discovered. pic.twitter.com/X8qwe7ZlZM
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 14, 2023
Throughout the White House press briefings that have been held in the aftermath of Biden’s classified documents scandal, Jean-Pierre has refused to confirm anything about the process or provide any further details to the American people.
“I’m going to continue to be prudent here… I’m not going to comment from here,” the press secretary said, repeating that she was being “very clear” from the podium.
She also noted that Biden was confident in his team and his “mood” was “very clear” despite multiple discoveries of classified documents in several locations connected to him — including the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, D.C., and within his residence and garage in Wilmington, Delaware.
“His mood has been very clear. I saw him this morning. He’s very focused. I traveled with him this weekend,” Jean-Pierre said, adding that the president wanted to focus on the economy and Americans’ needs.
The press secretary also stated outright that she would no longer discuss Biden’s mishandling of classified documents during press briefings, stating that the Biden administration was “trying to move on” from the scandal and telling reporters to direct their questions to the president’s lawyers or the DOJ.
“Look. Guys. You guys can ask me 100 times. 200 times if you wish. I’m going to keep saying the same thing… we’re just going to try to move on here, and we’re going to move on,” Jean-Pierre said.
Newsmax reporter James Rosen pressed Jean-Pierre about her lies at the end of her press briefing, asking: “You told us something six times that turned out to be false. Are you sorry about that?”
“I’ll see you tomorrow,” the press secretary said as she left the podium. “Come talk to me! I’ll see you tomorrow.”
Reporter @JamesRosenTV asks Karine Jean-Pierre if she is "sorry" for telling the public no fewer than SIX TIMES the search for classified documents was complete (which was a lie).
She walks away. pic.twitter.com/HEu3q9ZPdd
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) January 17, 2023