In an interview on Wednesday, President Joe Biden said that he didn’t think the House GOP’s probe into his son Hunter and brother James’ foreign business dealings would negatively affect his presidency. He also downplayed the classified documents recovered from his office and garage, calling them “stray papers.”
Speaking with PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff after his State of the Union Address, Biden suggested that the American public would not pay attention to the investigation into his son and brother’s suspicious business dealings, which may or may not involve the classified documents found in Biden’s garage next to his corvette.
“The public’s not going to pay attention to that,” said Biden, shrugging it off. “They want these guys to do something. If the only thing they can do is make things up about my family, it’s not going to go very far.”
When asked about the classified documents that have been recovered at his think tank office and in the garage of his home in Delaware, Biden replied, “They’ve informed me not to speak of this issue, to anyway prejudice the investigations going on.”
However, he spoke on it anyway, saying, “But what I was talking about, what was laid out, all these documents were top secret, code word and all the rest.”
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“I’m not at liberty – and I’m not even sure. I made voluntarily – no one’s had to threaten to do anything, voluntary – when every single aperture I have with house, offices, everything for them to come and look and spend hours searching my home, invited them,” Biden rambled, seemingly trying to convey the idea that he was cooperative with the investigation.
The President then tried to downplay the findings of the FBI, suggesting they were “stray papers” from 1974.
“To the best of my knowledge, the kinds of things they picked up were things from 1974, stray papers,” Biden said, despite the documents allegedly being from his time as Vice President. “There may be something else, I don’t know.”
He admitted, however, that the packing up of his VP office “was not done well,” trying to blame his possession of classified documents on his staff.
“They didn’t do the kind of job that should have been done, to go thoroughly through every piece of literature that was there,” said Biden. “But I’ll just let the investigation, you know, decide what’s going on, and we’ll see what happens.”
In the same interview, Biden revealed that his bid for reelection in 2024 wasn’t definite.
“I haven’t made my decision, that’s my intention, but I have not made that decision firmly yet,” he told Woodruff.