White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre revealed Tuesday that it was President Biden’s thought to clasp what has since go a wide criticized property convention pursuing nan merchandise of Special Counsel Robert Hur’s study connected his handling of classified documents.
Jean-Pierre, speaking astatine nan White House property briefing, said "it was nan president’s idea" to look past Thursday successful beforehand of nan media to take sides himself from nan findings successful Hur’s report, which described nan 81-year-old arsenic a "sympathetic, well-meaning aged man pinch a mediocre memory."
During nan barrage of questions, Biden astatine 1 constituent raised his sound astatine a newsman and later made a gaffe by referring to Egyptian President Abdel Fatah El-Sisi arsenic nan "president of Mexico."
"He wanted to, it was his idea," Jean-Pierre said erstwhile asked Tuesday astir really nan unexpected arena came to be. She past deflected erstwhile a newsman asked "did anyone counsel him against it?"
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"I'm not going to get into backstage conversations that nan president has. The president is nan president of nan United States," Jean-Pierre changeable back. "If he says he wants to speak to straight to nan American people, he's going to do that."
She besides said Tuesday that nan White House counsel is looking into nan nationalist merchandise of nan transcripts of Biden’s conversations pinch Hur.
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At nan property convention past week, Biden appeared visibly angered erstwhile responding to claims successful Hur's study that Biden did not retrieve erstwhile his boy Beau died.
Hur, who was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to analyse Biden's handling of classified documents, concluded he would not bring charges against him successful portion because a assemblage would find him to beryllium a "sympathetic, well-meaning aged man pinch a mediocre memory," contempt nan acknowledgment that nan documents were "willfully" obtained by Biden some arsenic vice president and arsenic a senator.
The property convention has since been panned by nan media, pinch outlets specified arsenic Axios calling it a "vivid show of an elderly, irritable man struggling connected a nationalist stage."
Fox News’ Jeffrey Clark and Joseph Wulfsohn contributed to this report.