FBI searches US President Joe Biden`s home, found documents marked classified

FBI searches US President Joe Biden`s home, found documents marked classified

The FBI searched President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, and found six additional documents with classified markings and seized some of his notes, the president’s attorney said.

On Saturday, Bob Bauer, the president’s personal lawyer, said the documents obtained by the FBI on Friday refer to Biden’s time in the Senate and the vice presidency, while the notes date to his time as vice president. He said the search of the entire complex lasted for about 13 hours. The level of classification, and whether the documents removed by the FBI remain classified, was not immediately clear as the Justice Department reviews the records.

The extraordinary discovery comes more than a week after Biden’s lawyers found six classified documents in the president’s home library from his time as vice president, and nearly three months after lawyers found a “small number” of classified records in his former offices. Got it. at the Penn Biden Center in Washington. It came a day after Biden said “there’s nothing out there” on the document searches, which has become a political headache as he prepares to launch a re-election bid and subsequently to project an image of propriety to the American public. undermining his efforts to portray. The tumultuous presidency of his predecessor, Donald Trump.

“We found that some documents were misplaced,” Biden told reporters in California on Thursday. “We immediately turned them over to the Archives and the Department of Justice.”

Biden said he is “cooperating fully and looking forward to resolving this quickly.”

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The President and First Lady Jill Biden were not at home when the home was searched. They were spending the weekend at their home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

It remains to be seen whether additional searches may be conducted by federal authorities in other locations. Biden’s personal attorneys previously searched the Rehoboth Beach residence and said they did not find any official documents or classified records.

The Biden probe has also complicated the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s handling of confidential documents and official records he maintained after leaving office. The Justice Department says Trump took hundreds of classified records with him when he left the White House in early 2021 and resisted months of requests to return them to the government, and had to obtain a search warrant to retrieve them .

Bauer said the FBI has requested that the White House not comment on the search ahead of the search, and that Biden’s personal and White House lawyers were present. “The FBI had full access to the president’s home, which included personally handwritten notes, files, papers, binders, memorabilia, to-do lists, schedules and reminders dating back decades,” he said.

The Justice Department, he said, “took possession of materials believed to be within the scope of its investigation, including six items containing documents containing classification markings and surrounding material, some of which are from the President’s service in the Senate.” and some that were from his tenure as Vice President.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed former Maryland US Attorney Robert Hurr as a special counsel to investigate any potential wrongdoing surrounding the Biden documents.

“From the beginning the president has been committed to handling this responsibly because he takes it seriously,” White House counsel Richard Sauber said on Saturday. “The Office of Counsel to the President and the White House Counsel will continue to work with DOJ and the special counsel to help conduct this process swiftly and efficiently.”

The Biden document search and Trump’s investigation, which is in the hands of special counsel Jack Smith, are vastly different. Biden has made a point of cooperating with the DOJ investigation at every turn, and Friday’s search was voluntary, though questions remain about his transparency with the public.

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