The FBI searched the home of US President Joe Biden in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday and found six documents with non-disclosure markings and also confiscated some of his notes, the president’s attorney said Saturday.
Bob Bauer, the president’s personal attorney, said it took nearly 13 hours to search the entire compound. The documents with classification marks included Biden’s time in the Senate and the vice presidency, while the notes dated to his time as vice president. The level of classification and whether they remained classified was not immediately clear when the Justice Department reviewed the records.
The search followed more than a week after Biden’s attorneys found six more classified documents from his vice presidential days in the president’s home library, and nearly three months after attorneys found a small number of classified records in his former offices at the Penn Biden Center in Washington.
It came a day after Biden claimed that in the document discoveries that have become a political headache for the president and complicated the Justice Department’s investigation into the safekeeping of classified documents and official records of former President Donald Trump after he left office, “there is nothing there”. .
“We found that a handful of documents were misplaced,” Biden told reporters who questioned him during a tour of California storm damage. “We immediately turned them over to the archives and the Department of Justice.”
Biden said he is “fully cooperating and looks forward to resolving this quickly.”
The President and First Lady Jill Biden were not at the home during the search. They’re spending the weekend at their home in Rehoboth Beach, Del.
Whether further searches by federal officials will be carried out in other locations remains to be seen. Biden’s personal attorneys previously conducted a search of the Rehoboth Beach residence and said they found no official documents or classified records.
Bauer said the FBI asked the White House not to comment on the search before it was conducted. He said the FBI “had full access to the President’s home, including personally handwritten notes, files, papers, binders, memorabilia, to-do lists, schedules and memories dating back decades.”
The Justice Department, he added, “took possession of materials it deemed pertinent to its investigation, including six items consisting of documents with classification marks and surrounding material, some from the President’s Senate service and others from.” his tenure as Vice President.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed former Maryland US Attorney Robert Hur as special counsel to investigate possible wrongdoing related to the Biden documents.
“The President made a commitment from the start to be responsible about this because he takes this seriously,” White House Attorney Richard Sauber said on Saturday. “The President’s attorneys and the White House Office will continue to work with the Justice Department and the Special Counsel to ensure this process is conducted quickly and efficiently.”
The discoveries of the Biden document and the investigation into Trump, which is in the hands of Special Counsel Jack Smith, differ significantly. The Justice Department says Trump took hundreds of records marked as secret when he left the White House in early 2021 and resisted months of requests to return them to the government. Biden has made a point of working with the DOJ investigation at every turn, though questions remain about his transparency with the public.
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