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Karine Jean-Pierre Cornered At Press Briefing, Gives Ridiculous Answer

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was not in a talkative move after Hunter Biden’s plea deal fell apart.

She spoke to reporters on Wednesday, not long after Hunter Biden entered not guilty please in his case that, until then, was anticipated to be a simple guilty plea and slap on the wrist.

One of the charges he is facing is an accusation that he falsified information on an application for a gun which meant that the firearm he owned he owned illegally.

CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang knew that the press secretary was not going to answer questions about Hunter, because she said she would not at the start of the press conference, so the reporter took another tack.

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“President Biden has spent most of his political career working on gun laws, on gun reform. Does he believe that someone who is charged with possessing a firearm illegally should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law?” the reporter said.

“So here I’m going to be — I think I know where this question is going. And I’m just going to continue to say, as it relates to this, the case that we’re seeing in Delaware, I’m just going to not speak to that. It is an independent matter. This is up for the Department of Justice. Even with the question that you’re asking me, it’s one of those legal criminal matters and it’s up to that process, that legal process. I’m just not going to speak to it here,” the press secretary said.

“When [Biden as] senator crafted gun legislation… as president, he talks often about the need to get illegal firearms off of our streets. So when someone possesses one illegally, what does the president believe should happen to them?” the reporter said.

“The president has been very clear. You just laid out where his position has been, what his policies have been, what he was able to pass into law. I’m going to be very mindful here. I’m going to be very careful because I see where this question is going. And I’m just going to refer you as this has been an independent investigation is overseen by the Department of Justice. I’m going to let them speak to this as they are moving forward,” the press secretary said.

It came a day after Jean-Pierre went ballistic after several reporters asked her about House Speaker Kevin McCarthy suggesting an impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden.

During the press briefing, KJP was asked about McCarthy making headlines earlier this week when he said House Republicans launching an investigation into the president and his family “is rising to the level of an impeachment inquiry.”

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The briefing heated up when CNN White House correspondent Kevin Liptak asked Jean-Pierre: “The House Speaker, Kevin McCarthy, is talking more about starting an impeachment investigation into the President. What’s your response to that? And if he did that, would that make any kind of cooperation with the House impossible going forward?”

KJP responded: “Look, I’m not going to get into hypotheticals. I’m not going to get into what the House Republicans may or may not do. What I can speak to is what the President is focused on. He’s focused on real priorities that American families care about. He’s focused on the American family, but they want to focus on his family. They can do whatever it is that they wish to do, but we’re going to stay focused. We’re going to stay steadfast.”

“And there are two examples of — today — of how the President is moving forward. I just talked about the mental health — the mental health event that he — that the President just had and announcing actions to expand access to mental health care and tackle this crisis, which is, as you all know, a critical part of his Unity Agenda that he’s spoken about for the past two years and will continue to do so. And let’s not forget, earlier today, Emmett Till and what we were able to do, what the President was able to do, to make sure that there’s a monument that continues — a monument for Emmett Till and his mom to continue to — to shed light on that part of our history and to tell that story so we can move forward,” she added.

KJP continued: “That’s going to be the pr- — that’s going to be the President’s focus. He wants to work in a bipartisan way. He does. We have been able to do that. We have the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. We have the CHIPS and Science Act. We have the PACT Act for veterans. We have — we have found ways — I think more than 300 pieces of legislation that the President has signed in the past two years has been bipartisan. That’s what the President wants to do. That’s how he wants to move forward. And that’s going to be our focus.”

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