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

WASHINGTON (AP) – The FBI searched President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday and found six additional documents containing classified information and he was in possession of some of his books, it said. the president’s lawyer on Saturday.

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.

The extraordinary search comes more than a week after Biden’s lawyers found six documents in the president’s library from his time as vice president, and nearly three months after then the lawyers found a “small number” of evidence in his former offices at the Penn Biden Center in Washington. It came a day after Biden confirmed that there was “nothing there” on the documents obtained, which has become a political headache as he prepares to launch a re-election campaign and reduce his efforts to present an image of inappropriate to the American public after the riots. president of his predecessor, Donald Trump.

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

Biden said he is “fully cooperating and looking forward to resolving this matter as soon as possible.”

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

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. The Justice Department said Trump took hundreds of classified documents with him when he left the White House in early 2021 and defied months of requests to return them to the government, and should get a warrant to bring it 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.”

The Ministry of Justice, he added, “held what it considered to be within the scope of its investigation, including six documents containing classified information and their surrounding materials. , 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 US Attorney Robert Hur as a special counsel to investigate any possible wrongdoing regarding Biden’s documents.

“Since the beginning, the President has pledged to handle this situation properly and take it seriously,” said White House attorney Richard Sauber on Saturday. “The President’s attorneys and the White House Counsel’s Office will continue to work closely with the DOJ and the Special Counsel to help ensure this process is conducted quickly and efficiently.”

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.

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Associated Press reporter Seung Min Kim in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, contributed to this report.

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