By: CHRIS ENLOE | January 13, 2023
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Two CBS News anchors called out White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday for refusing to answer basic questions about the discovery of classified documents at President Joe Biden’s private office and residence. Over the past two days, Jean-Pierre has faced a barrage of intense questions about the documents. She has frustrated reporters, however, by repeatedly dodging the questions.
CBS anchors Errol Barnett and Lana Zak slammed Jean-Pierre for having “not answered a single question” about the discovery of the documents.
“For a second straight day now, the White House struggling to answer any questions related to classified documents discovered at locations associated with President Biden, citing Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary, simply reading a statement, where she says the president was surprised by the discovery, takes this matter very seriously, the documents were inadvertently misplaced, and he doesn’t know what’s in them,” Barnett began.
“She has not answered a single question outside of a prewritten statement by the president’s lawyers,” he said.
“Exactly,” Zak agreed. “And continuing then to say the same thing again and again. Even in response to very simple questions about the timeline, about the specific location, clarifying questions, and continuing to use the word ‘transparent’ and saying that they did things in a transparent manner.”
“You heard our own CBS’ Ed O’Keefe really trying to pin her down on what she means by transparency when she’s saying that she has been transparent. Does that mean legal transparency? Governmental transparency as required by law? Or public transparency?” Zak asked.
Reporters are now directly questioning the Biden administration’s narrative that officials have been “transparent” and forthcoming about the classified documents. At one point in Thursday’s White House briefing, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked what the Biden administration is trying to “hide.”
“Nothing,” Jean-Pierre claimed.
But that is almost implausible. Not only did the White House not tell the American public about the first discovery of classified documents until two months after the midterm elections, but when officials admitted to the first batch, they neglected to say anything about the second batch that had already been discovered.