(CNSNews.com) - President Joe Biden admitted at a press conference on Thursday that he had kept documents that bore classification markings next to his Corvette in what he called “a locked garage” at his Delaware home.
At the press conference, reporter Peter Doocy of Fox News asked Biden: “Mr. President, classified material next to your Corvette. What were you thinking?”
“I’m going to get a chance to speak on all of this, God willing, soon,” said Biden. “But, as I said earlier this week, people—and, by the way, my Corvette’s in a locked garage. Okay. So, it’s not like they’re sitting out in the street.”
Doocy: “So, the material was in a locked garage?”
“Yes,” said Biden, “as well as my Corvette.
“But as I said earlier this week, people know I take classified documents and classified material seriously,” Biden said.
Early on Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland had stated at a press briefing that President Biden’s “personal counsel” had informed John Lausch, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois who was then investigating the matter, that “documents bearing classification markings” had been found in Biden’s Delaware garage.
Garland said the following: “On Dec. 20, President Biden’s personal counsel informed Mr. Lausch that additional documents bearing classification markings were identified in the garage of the president’s private residence in Wilmington, Delaware,” Garland said. “President Biden’s counsel informed Mr. Lausch that those documents were among other records from the period of the president’s service as vice president. The FBI went to the location and secured those documents.”
Here is a transcript of Biden’s discussion at today’s press briefing of the classified material discovered at this Delaware home:
Peter Doocey: “Mr. President, classified material next to your Corvette. What were you thinking?”
President Biden: “Let me— they’re—I’m going to get a chance to speak on all this, God willing, soon, but as I said earlier this week, people—and, by the way, my Corvette is in a locked garage. Okay? So, it’s not like they’re sitting out in the street. But at any rate—.”
Doocey: “So the material was in a locked garage?”
President Biden: “Yes, as well as my Corvette. But as I said earlier this week, people know I take classified documents and classified material seriously. I also said we’re cooperating fully and completely with the Justice Department’s review.
“As part of that process, my lawyers reviewed other places where documents might of — from my time as Vice President were stored. And they finished the review last night.
They discovered a small number of documents with classified markings in storage areas and in file cabinets in my home and my—and my—in my personal library. This was done in the case of the Biden Penn—this was done in the case of the Biden Penn Center.
The Department of Justice was immediately—as was done, the Department of Justice was immediately cla—notified, and the lawyers arranged for the Department of Justice to take possession of the document.
So you’re going to see—we’re going to see all this unfold. I’m confident—.”
Reporter: “When did you find there was a second batch of documents?”
President Biden: “Thank you very much. Thank you.”