Biden lawyer says more classified documents found, GOP needs new investigation

President Joe Biden took a question from reporters after speaking on the economy at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Thursday.

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President Joe Biden took a question from reporters after speaking on the economy at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on Thursday.

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President Biden’s lawyers have found more classified documents at his home in Wilmington, Del., according to his lawyer Richard Sauber, who said “all but one” of the new documents were found. in storage in Biden’s garage, and one document was in storage. in “an adjoining room.”

The news prompted calls by House Republicans to conduct their own investigation into the matter.

Biden’s lawyers immediately notified the Department of Justice of the new discovery, Sauber said. He added that they are working with the National Archives and the Department of Justice “in a process to ensure that any records of the Obama-Biden Administration are in the right ownership of the Archives.”

In an event Thursday morning after the announcement, Biden announced the discovery, telling reporters: “I’ll have a chance to talk about all of this, in God’s will, soon.”

Asked by a reporter why he would put documents next to an old Corvette that Biden knows – Biden said: “My Corvette is in a locked garage, OK?” – indicate that the data was secure.

Biden owns a 1967 Corvette, a wedding gift from his father, who ran a car dealership. He keeps it in a garage – although it is not clear which garage the documents were found in.

The discovery comes after recent news that some of the classified documents were found in November at the Penn Biden Centera think tank in Washington, DC, which Biden used for about three years.

“After obtaining government documents at the Penn Biden Center in November 2022, and in close coordination with the Department of Justice, the President’s lawyers searched the President’s Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, homes – among others where there are files from his Vice- The office of the President may have been sent during the transition process of 2017. The lawyers finished that review last night,” said Sauber.

During that review, attorneys found in personal and political documents “a small number” of additional Obama-Biden Administration documents with classified information, he said.

Earlier this week, Biden said he was “shocked” to learn of the documents found in the intelligence agency, which he used from mid-2017 until the start of his 2020 campaign. Those documents were found in a box in a locked cabinet and were handed over to the National Archives as soon as his lawyers found them.

In revealing the discovery of those documents – which was first reported by CBS News – earlier this week, Sauber said that “it was not the subject of any previous request or investigation by the Archives .” The difference sets the situation apart from classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s former home in Florida. In that case, the Department of Justice said that the Trump team did not turn over all the documents despite many attempts.

Former DOJ chief of staff Jack Smith is investigating Trump’s misuse of classified documents. Those documents were seized from Trump’s Florida home last August. Smith is also looking at parts of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the appointment of a special counsel to investigate how classified information was obtained in Delaware and the Penn Biden Center.

House Republicans say Congress should investigate

The new investigation has also prompted calls from the Republican-led House to begin their own investigation into the findings.

“Not together but now we have it in two different places, sorting out the information out there,” House Speaker Kevin McCarthy told reporters in the Thursday morning. He later added, “I think Congress should look into this.”

McCarthy stopped short of detailing which committee should take the lead.

The chairman of the House Oversight Committee, James Comer, is done said his team would look into the document concernsand said that he intends to make special announcements.

Before Garland’s announcement, Comer expressed concerns about a special counsel appointment. He said that it might hinder his team’s investigation into the matter, and he argued that his team’s investigation would be better and faster.

“I don’t know how they’re going to appoint a special counsel against Biden,” Comer told reporters before sharing Garland’s plans. “Two things: I don’t believe who Merrick Garland will appoint. And secondly, if that special counsel is appointed, it will limit our ability to do some of the investigative work that we want to do in relation to this thing.”

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