President Joe Biden lost control and snapped at a reporter who asked him about the ongoing classified documents scandal last week.
Unfortunately for Biden, the incident was caught on camera. Take a look:
NEW: “There’s no there there,” President Biden says in response to a question on the classified documents found at his home and former office, while delivering remarks in California.
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 20, 2023
“You know . . .”
The above video comes from remarks that Biden gave last Thursday while he was visiting California in response to inclement weather that the region has been experiencing.
After Biden had finished his remarks, one of the reporters on hand shouted out a question about the classified documents scandal that Biden has found himself at the center of.
Biden, clearly not happy, proceeded to chastise the reporter, saying, “You know, I’ll answer the question, but here’s the deal.”
“You know, what quite frankly bugs me is that we have a serious problem here we’re talking about,” Biden continued. “We’re talking about what’s going on. And, the American people don’t quite understand why you don’t ask me questions about that.”
After making this remark, Biden then asks the reporter what her question is.
The reporter then asks Biden why it is that he and his administration did not reveal the discovery of the classified documents in early November, right before the midterm elections, when the discovery was made by Biden’s lawyers at the Penn Biden Center in Washington D.C. It is one of the key questions about the scandal that has yet to be adequately answered by Biden.
Biden, clearly annoyed, cuts the reporter off, puts his hand up to stop her from talking, and says, “hang on.”
Biden then proceeds to read directly from what was clearly a pre-scripted answer – making no effort to hide this fact. Biden says:
We found a handful of documents were filed in the wrong place. We immediately turned them over to the Archives and the Justice Department. We’re fully cooperating and looking forward to getting this resolved quickly. 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”
Toward the end of his response, Biden departs from the scripted answer, looks up, and declares, “There’s no there there.”
Biden then closes his binder, slams it down on the podium, and exits the stage as reporters could be heard shouting more questions at him.
It’s all in line with the sort of transparency that Americans have come to expect from Biden and his administration.