The FBI searched Biden’s home, and found classified documents: lawyers

The FBI was looking President Joe Biden home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday and found six additional documents that contained classified information and were in possession of some of his information, the president’s attorney said Saturday.

The president welcomed the FBI into his home, but the lack of a warrant did not obscure the strange nature of the search. It further embarrassed Biden who began by revealing on January 12 that the president’s lawyers had obtained a “small number” of classified documents at a former office in the Penn Biden Center in Washington before the midterm elections. Since then, Prosecutors found six classified documents at Biden’s home in Wilmington library from his time as vice president.

While Biden has maintained “there’s nothing there,” the findings have become a political liability as he prepares to launch a re-election campaign, and they undermine his efforts to present an image of fairness to the American public. after the riot. president of his predecessor, Donald Trump.

The records taken by the FBI covered Biden’s time in the Senate and the vice presidency, but the records were written during his time as vice president, said Bob Bauer, the president’s personal attorney. He also said that it took almost 13 hours to search the entire place. The status of the classification, and whether the records removed by the FBI remain classified, was not immediately clear as the Justice Department reviewed the records.

US President Joe Biden speaks to reporters after arriving at Fort McNair in Washington, DC on April 4, 2022. – Biden returned to Washington after spending the weekend at his home in Wilmington, Delaware. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL

“We found a few documents that were filed in the wrong place,” Biden told reporters Thursday in California. “We gave them to the Archive and the Ministry of Justice.”

Biden added that he was “very cooperative and looking forward to getting this resolved quickly.”

The president and first lady Jill Biden was not at home when searched. They spent the weekend at their home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.

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It remains to be seen whether additional federal investigations can be conducted elsewhere. Biden’s personal attorneys previously conducted a search of the Rehoboth Beach home and said they did not find any official documents or personal records.

Biden’s investigation also complicates the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s withholding of documents and official records after he left office. Of the The Justice Department said Trump took hundreds of classified documents and he left the White House in early 2021 and defied months of requests to return them to the government, and must obtain a warrant to bring them back.

According to Bauer, the FBI asked the White House not to comment on the search before it was conducted, and that Biden’s lawyer and the White House are present. The FBI, he added, “had full access to the President’s home, including personal correspondence, files, documents, seals, memos, to-do lists, schedules , and memories across the ages.”

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The Ministry of Justice, he added, “held what it considered to be within the scope of its investigation, including six documents that contained classified information and the surrounding material. , some of which are from the President’s service in the Senate and some of which are from his office as Vice President.”

Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed former Maryland attorney general Robert Hur as a special counsel to investigate any possible wrongdoing in Biden’s documents. Hur is set to replace Trump-appointed Illinois attorney John Lausch in overseeing the investigation.

“Since the beginning, the President has been willing to handle this situation because he is serious about it,” said White House lawyer Richard Sauber on Saturday. “The President’s attorneys and the White House Counsel’s Office will continue to work with the DOJ and the Special Counsel to help ensure this process is expeditious and efficient.”

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U.S. President Joe Biden (C) leaves after attending Mass Saturday at Saint Edmond Catholic Church January 21, 2023, in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP) (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

The investigation of Biden and the investigation of Trump, which is in the hands of special counsel Jack Smith, are very different. Biden has made a point of cooperating with the DOJ investigation at any time – and Friday’s investigation was voluntary – although questions about his transparency with the public remain.

For a crime committed, a person must “knowingly remove” documents without authority and intend to store them in an “unauthorized location.” Biden said he was “shocked” by the documents revealed at the Penn Biden Center.

Generally, classified documents must be declared after a maximum of 25 years. But some data is just as important but remains classified for a longer period of time, although specific information must be provided. Biden served in the Senate from 1973 to 2009.

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