Among the items from Vice President Joe Biden’s time discovered in his private office last fall were 10 classified documents including US intelligence memos and briefs on topics including: including Ukraine, Iran and the United Kingdom, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has received a preliminary report on the investigation of the documents, a law enforcement source said, and is now facing significant decisions about how to proceed, including whether or not to proceed. whether to open a full-fledged criminal investigation.
According to a source familiar with the matter, the documents date from 2013 to 2016. They were found in three or four boxes that also contained papers that had not been classified under the Presidential Records Act.
Most of the items in the office contained personal documents of the Bidens, including documents about Beau BidenThe source told CNN: “Funeral arrangements and condolence letters. It is unclear whether the boxes of classified documents contained personal documents.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a US attorney in Chicago, an agency administered by the Trump administration, to investigate the case, CNN previously reported. Garland made the move after receiving a referral from the National Archives and Records Administration.
The documents were discovered on November 2, just six days before the midterm elections, but the matter was only made public on Monday due to news reports.
Sources told CNN that a personal attorney for Biden is closing the downtown DC office that Biden used to work with the University of Pennsylvania. The lawyer saw a manila folder labeled “personal”, opened the envelope and noticed that there were classified documents inside. The source said the lawyer closed the envelope and called NARA.
The source said that after contacting NARA, Biden’s team cautiously turned over some of the boxes, although many contained personal documents.
U.S. Attorney for Chicago, John Lausch Jr., has completed the first part of the investigation and provided his preliminary findings to Garland, a law enforcement source said.
That means now Garland must decide how to proceed. Garland was also directly involved in several key decision-making processes related to the investigation of Trump’s documents and the decision to send the FBI to search Mar-a-Lago.
Garland chose to have Lausch conduct the investigation of Biden’s documents because he was one of the two remaining US attorneys appointed by Trump and to avoid a conflict of interest because he was not appointed by Biden, but said the person informed about the matter.
In an awkward moment Monday, Garland was sitting next to Biden at a diplomatic summit in Mexico while reporters questioned the investigation. Both men ignored the question.
Lausch is one of the rare Trump administration figures who have not been asked to step down following Biden’s inauguration in 2021, and two Illinois Democratic senators support the decision to keep him in his post. in part because he is handling the politically sensitive investigation of Michael Madigan, a former Illinois House Democratic speaker indicted on corruption charges.
CLEARED: Story has been updated to identify where classified documents were found in Biden’s office.
This story has been updated with additional details.