On Thursday, CBS’ Errol Barnett and Lana Zak reportedly chastised White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for refusing to answer questions concerning classified records from President Joe Biden’s time as vice president.
Jean-Pierre has routinely answered reporters’ queries, including CBS’ Ed O’Keefe, who questioned Wednesday why the material was only recently made public.
Jean-Pierre responded, saying that she would refuse to ‘go beyond’ what President Biden had already said.
Barnett and Zak then unleashed a torrent on criticism on Jean Pierre over her lack of straight answers:
“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 there, 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. But Lana, we’ve been listening here. She has not answered a single question, outside of a prewritten statement by the president’s lawyers.” Barnett said.
“Exactly. 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.” Zak then added.
CNN claimed Tuesday that Biden’s personal attorneys uncovered some classified papers while packing files and subsequently contacted the National Archives and Record Administration, citing two persons familiar with the situation.
The records were discovered on November 2 at the Penn Biden Center, a Washington, D.C.-based think tank.
Several of the secret documents were said to contain information about Ukraine, Iran, and the United Kingdom.