Biden has 'no regrets' about his handling of classified documents

US President Joe Biden has said he has "no regrets" about his handling of classified documents from his vice presidency that were recently found in his private office and elsewhere.

The US Justice Department appointed a special counsel to lead an investigation into the discovery of the classified documents in Biden's private office in Washington and his Delaware home. They are from the time he was vice president under Barack Obama.

The first batch of the records was found in November last year, shortly before the midterm elections. However, he did not make the discovery public for more than two months until it was reported by the media.

Speaking to reporters on Thursday, Biden said a handful of documents were filed in the wrong place, but he "immediately turned them over to the archives and the Justice Department." He added, "I have no regrets. I'm following what the lawyers have told me they want me to do."

His personal attorneys have said that they have attempted to balance the importance of public transparency with the established norms and limitations necessary to protect the investigation's integrity.

Republicans are ramping up their criticism of Biden's handling of the matter.