Six more documents were found in President Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home by the U.S. Justice Department on Friday. The document included classification markings. A lawyer for Biden released a statement Saturday evening.
According to Bob Bauer, his lawyer, some of the documents classified and the “surrounding material” date back to Biden’s time in the U.S. Senate. Biden represented Delaware between 1973 and 2009. Bauer stated that other documents are from Biden’s tenure as Vice President in the Obama Administration, from 2009 to 2017.
According to the lawyer, some notes were also taken by the Department of Justice in a 12-hour-long search.
Bauer stated that the president granted DOJ access to his residence to search for possible vice-presidential records or classified material.
The attorney stated that neither Biden nor his spouse was present at the time of the search. Biden will be in Delaware for the weekend.
Bauer stated that Justice Department investigators had coordinated the search ahead of schedule with Biden’s lawyers. White House and personal lawyers were also present.
Biden also discovered classified records at his Wilmington home and at an office that he kept at a Washington, D.C. think tank.
Bauer didn’t make it clear where the documents had been found in Wilmington on Saturday. These classified documents had been previously found in Bauer’s garage as well as in another nearby storage area.
This search shows that federal investigators have been swiftly moving ahead with their probe of classified documents in Biden’s possession. U.S. Attorney general Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel in the probe.
Robert Hur is the special counsel who was appointed in the course of the investigation. He investigates how Obama and his staff handled classified documents from Obama’s era that were found in Biden’s personal possession.
According to the White House, Biden’s attorneys found all documents that were discovered by Friday’s DOJ search. According to publicly available information, this was the first federal search of Biden’s private address for documents related to the government.
Republicans have made a comparison between the current investigation into the handling of classified documents by former President Donald Trump and the one that is currently underway. White House noted that Biden’s staff cooperated with investigators and turned over the documents. Trump refused to do so, until the FBI searched his Florida resort in August.
This search increases the political and legal stakes for President Trump, who insists that previous discoveries of classified material in his former home and office will eventually be considered inconsequential.
Biden stated on Thursday that he had “no regrets” about not disclosing publicly before the midterm election the discovery of classified documents in his old office. He believes the matter can be settled.
Biden stated that there is no such thing as “there,” during his California trip on Thursday.
Trump complained about Justice Department investigators treating him differently since the discovery of Biden’s documents.
When is the F.B.I. “Going to raid Joe Biden’s many houses, and possibly even the White House? Trump stated this in a tweet earlier this month.