DOJ search of Biden’s home turns up 6 more classified documents – NBC Chicago

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  • Justice Department officials found six more classified documents during a search warrant at President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, around 1 a.m.
  • Other classified documents were found earlier this month and in November at a Washington think tank where Biden kept a private office before becoming president.
  • Attorney General Merrick Garland earlier this month appointed a special counsel to investigate Biden’s handling of government records after serving as vice president.
  • Another special counsel is under criminal investigation for taking hundreds of classified documents from the White House when former President Donald Trump left office.

Justice Department authorities found six more classified documents at the president’s home in Wilmington, Delaware Joe Biden during a consensual search that lasted until about 1 a.m. Friday, his personal attorney released a statement Saturday.

Some of the classified documents and “circumstances” date from Biden’s tenure in the Delaware Senate from 1973 to 2009, according to his attorney, Bob Bauer, which the DOJ requested to search.

Bauer said “some of the documents” were from his tenure as vice president in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2017.

In addition to those notes, the DOJ, which did not have a search warrant, also seized some of Biden’s handwritten notes as vice president, according to the attorney and the White House.

Special Counsel to the President Richard Sauber said neither Biden nor First Lady Jill Biden were present during the search.

The documents join other classified government documents found at Biden’s Wilmington residence this month by the president’s lawyers.

A small number of classified documents were first discovered by Biden’s lawyers on Nov. 2 in his private office at a Washington think tank after his term as vice president ended. 2017 of the Obama administration.

The White House did not reveal the news until January 9.

Later, on January 11, a sheet of classified documents was found at a Wilmington residence. Then, the next day, more pages of classified documents were found in a room adjacent to Biden’s garage, where a DOJ official went to take possession of the house. page found the day before.

According to the White House, when the president’s lawyers discovered the old documents, they immediately notified the National Archives and Records Administration and the DOJ.

Friday’s search marked the first time that federal law enforcement agencies searched Biden’s private residences for government documents.

Attorney General Merrick Garland earlier this month appointed a special counsel to investigate Biden’s handling of government records after serving as vice president.

Former president Donald Trump Another special counsel is under criminal investigation for taking hundreds of classified files and other government documents from the White House when he left office. Trump is also investigating the possibility of obstruction of justice by blocking government officials from trying to obtain those documents.

In early August, the FBI raided Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, where they found thousands of pages of government documents. The FBI has issued a search warrant in the case.

By law, presidents and vice presidents must return government records to the National Archives when they leave office.

Biden and the White House have come under fire for a two-month delay in releasing the first batch of classified documents at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington.

The first news comes six days before the midterm elections, when the balance of political party control of both houses of Congress is at stake.

And critics have questioned whether the search of other private residences run by the president was conducted only after the White House disclosed the first find.

Bauer said in a statement on Saturday that the president’s legal team proposed “immediate access” to Biden’s private residence, which would “allow the DOJ to search the entire premises looking for potential files of the vice president and potentially classified documents. “.

He said the proposal was made “in the interest of moving the process forward as quickly as possible.”

“The DOJ, in accordance with standard procedures, requested that the investigation not be released in advance, and we agreed to cooperate,” Bauer said.

“The DOJ has completed a thorough search of all documents at the president’s Wilmington home,” he said Friday.

“It started at 9:45 a.m. and ended at 10:30 p.m. and involved all the work on the house, living quarters and storage,” Bauer said. “As agreed with the DOJ, a separate legal team and representatives from the White House Counsel’s Office participated.”

The DOJ had “full access to the President’s home,” which included “personal handwritten notes, files, papers, papers, memorabilia, to-do lists, schedules, and memorabilia dating back decades.”

“As part of the DOJ investigation, it has obtained six items of confidential documents, including classified documents and related documents, some from the President’s Senate Department and others from his time as Vice President,” Bauer said.

“The DOJ also obtained personal handwritten notes from the vice presidential years for further review.”

A lawyer said: “As we said in a statement we released on January 14, we have tried to balance the importance of public transparency with the standards and limitations necessary to protect the integrity of the investigation, where necessary.”

“We will continue to do so as we continue to cooperate with the DOJ,” Bauer said.

Sauber, Biden’s White House attorney, said in a statement: “The president and his team are working quickly to provide DOJ and the special counsel with what they need to conduct a thorough investigation.”

“From the beginning, the president has committed to handling this issue responsibly because he takes it seriously,” Sauber said.

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