CBS News correspondent Steve Portnoy took a veiled shot at White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Tuesday, asking if she had “any reflections” about Mike Pence’s “public disclosure” of classified documents versus how the White House handled Joe Biden’s own scandal.
“It being the White House’s position for the last several weeks that the president’s legal team did the right thing. Is it the initial observation of the White House that Pence’s legal team did the right thing?” Portnoy asked.
“That’s not for me to comment on from here. I would refer you to the Department of Justice,” Jean-Pierre replied.
“One of the things that the Pence team seems to have done in the last week is make public disclosure of the circumstance and advise NARA, but also advised Congress and now the public. Any reflections by, among the communications and press staff here as to how the Pence team handled it versus how you guys handled it?” Portnoy asked.
“And Steve, I understand your question and I hear it. We’ve answered your question in many different variations. I’m just not I don’t have anything else to share from here. If you have any more specifics or details about this, about the ongoing legal matter, I would refer you to Department of Justice. Anything else? I would refer to the White House Counsel’s office,” Jean-Pierre replied, doing what she always does – refer questions about the scandal elsewhere.
“You knew about it for two months,” another reporter said as Jean-Pierre was finishing her answer.
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