White House council spokesman Ian Sams said during a Zoom call with reporters Monday that many in the media were trying to “stir up controversy to get attention” as they questioned the discovery of the president’s classified documents Biden.
“Last week, after you informed us all, some of our colleagues went to Karine’s briefing and complained that although you answered questions, it wasn’t live and wasn’t televised. And I wonder what you’d say to that complaint and — and what — if there’s any possibility that you would inform the cameras and just let everyone ask all their questions until they’re blue in the face,” Meidiate’s Tommy Christopher asked Sams during the Zoom call with reporters.
Sams said he has tried to give the press “access to the information” they need and said he has answered their questions “a few times”. He added that he also made himself available for interviews.
“Look, I think there’s part of this — in every presidency, you know, there’s a lot of people in the media trying to stir up some kind of controversy to get attention or — or time on camera,” Sams said.
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“And — and throughout this process, we’ve tried to give you public information as appropriate, consistent with that ongoing investigation to respect the integrity of that investigation. Because, again, the president has been very clear, all the way back to the campaign. He considers the Justice Department to be independent – very important to keep them independent, not to influence their decision-making,” he added.
Sams said they would continue to answer questions and “try to help you understand the underlying information as best they can.”
Sams’ call to reporters came after the Justice Department conducted a “planned, consensual search” of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday. DOJ officials discovered a fifth batch of classified documents during the search.
The president’s special assistant also appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Monday, repeatedly telling the hosts that the Biden administration was cooperating with the DOJ and following their example.
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Host Mika Brzezinski insisted during the interview that he was not giving any answers.
“I understand that there is a desire for information to be made public, that there is a desire for facts to come out. But it is important that the full set of facts be collected by the Justice Department and presented publicly so that people, the US people , can understand all these details. That is the job of an independent, strong Justice Department. So we will cooperate fully with that process to make sure they have all the information they need to establish the full set of facts Then we can talk more publicly about the conclusion of that investigation and what it revealed,” he said.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has referred most of the questions about the documents scandal raised by reporters at press conferences to the DOJ and White House counsel.
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She clashed with NBC’s Peter Alexander, who questioned their transparency because Sams’ call to reporters on January 17 was not live, during a briefing on January 18.
“But because they can’t see it happening live, Americans don’t get the same back-and-forth transparency about this,” Alexander said.
Both Zoom calls Sams had with reporters on January 17 and 23 were posted on the White House website on Monday.