FBI investigators on Friday found more classified documents after conducting a search of President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, the president’s personal attorney said in a statement.
Bob Bauer said that during a search that lasted nearly 12 hours on Friday, “the DOJ came into possession of documents that it deemed to be within the scope of its investigation, including six items including documents marked classifieds and surrounding documents, some of which are from the President’s service in the Senate and some of them from his tenure as Vice President. The DOJ also reviewed personal handwritten notes from his years as vice president.”
Those six items are in addition to materials previously found at Biden’s Wilmington mansion and in his private office.
The FBI searched Biden’s Wilmington property with the consent of the president’s attorneys, people briefed on the matter said. The FBI also previously collected documents found at the mansion that the Biden team disclosed last week.
Bauer said that representatives from Biden’s personal legal team and the White House Attorney’s Office were present during a “thorough search,” during which they had “full access” to the Biden home.
Bauer added that the DOJ “requested that the search not be made public in advance, according to their standard procedures, and we agreed to cooperate.”
The FBI’s search of Biden’s home indicates that federal investigators are rapidly conducting an investigation into classified documents found in Biden’s possession. Special counsel Robert Hur, who was appointed more than a week ago, is investigating how the president and his team handled recently found classified Obama-era documents belonging to Biden. The documents were first found in Biden’s private office on November 2 but were not released publicly until earlier this month when CBS first reported their existence.
Since then, the president’s lawyers have found other classified documents at Biden’s home in Wilmington, where Friday’s search took place. Bauer said in a January 11 statement that once Biden’s own attorneys found the classified documents, they left the document where it was found and suspended a search of the space where it was located. .
Presidential special adviser Richard Sauber said in a statement that neither Mr Biden nor first lady Dr Jill Biden was present during the search.
Biden, Sauber wrote, “is committed to handling this matter responsibly because he takes it seriously” and that he and his team are “working quickly to ensure the DOJ and Attorney specifically have what they need to conduct a thorough assessment.”
Biden will spend this weekend at his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. When asked Friday by the Associated Press if the visit had anything to do with documents found at Biden’s Wilmington home, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre referred reporters to the office. White House and Justice Department advisory offices, but said Biden “travels frequently.” to Delaware for the weekend.”
The FBI search of Biden’s home comes five months after the FBI received a warrant to search former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. However, that search took place because federal investigators had evidence that Trump failed to turn over all of the classified documents in his possession after receiving a subpoena to turn over classified documents. for the National Archives.
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