Joe Biden’s first term in the White House has been marred by an investigation into his use of a private email server as vice president, and he has promised to turn over more of the emails to Congress.
“There are a lot of things that I can do to make sure that people in this administration are doing the right thing, but there are a bunch of things I need to do to keep the lights on,” Mr Biden said in his first televised address as president on Thursday, in an attempt to show that he has not lost touch with the country he leads.
The message came after the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released more than half of Mr Biden’s emails, which he said he had turned over after his retirement in 2018.
It is the first time that the committee has released the full text of all of Mr Clinton’s emails since it was launched in October last year.
Mr Biden’s administration was rocked in August when it was revealed that a top official in the State Department had a secret email address that contained sensitive information about the US’s response to the Ebola outbreak.
ABC/wires The committee has since said it has turned over emails from Ms Clinton’s time as secretary of state, as well as her chief of staff, Huma Abedin.
At the same time, the committee said it had turned the emails over to Congress, which has been unable to access any of the more than 30,000 pages of emails from Mr Biden.
Mr Biden has repeatedly said he wants the committee to release all of the records and that he will make a decision on whether to release them after he leaves office.
“I will decide whether I want to turn those records over or not, and I will do what is right,” he said.
Mr Biden will take office in January 2019.