The FBI searched US President Joe Biden’s Delaware home and found six documents with classification marks and also took possession of some of his notes, his attorney said.
whether Bauer said the Justice Department conducted the search at Mr. Biden’s Wilmington residence on Friday. He said it took about 13 hours.
The Justice Department “seized materials it deemed as part of its investigation, including six items consisting of documents with classification marks and surrounding materials, some from the President’s service in the Senate and others from his tenure as Vice President,” Mr. Bauer said in an explanation.
Prosecutors “also took personal handwritten notes from the vice president’s years for further review,” he said.
The level of classification and whether they remained classified was not immediately clear when the Justice Department reviewed the records.
In principle, classified documents must be released after a maximum of 25 years. However, some records are so valuable that they remain secret for much longer, although certain exceptions must be granted. Mr. Biden served the Senate from 1973 to 2009.
The search followed more than a week after Mr. Biden’s attorneys found six more classified documents from his vice presidential days in the president’s home library, and almost three months after attorneys found a small number of classified records in his former offices at the Penn Biden Center had found in Washington.
It came a day after Mr. Biden claimed the document discoveries that have become a political headache for the President and complicated the Justice Department’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s keeping of classified documents and official records after his departure , “there’s nothing to it”. Office.
“We found that a handful of documents were filed in the wrong place,” Mr. Biden told reporters who questioned him during a tour of the damage from California storms.
“We immediately turned them over to the archives and the Department of Justice.”
Mr. Biden said he was “fully cooperating and looks forward to resolving this quickly.”
The President and First Lady Jill Biden were not at the home when it was searched. They’re spending the weekend at their home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Mr Bauer said the FBI asked the White House not to comment on the search before it was conducted. He said the FBI “had full access to the President’s home, including personally handwritten notes, files, papers, binders, memorabilia, to-do lists, schedules and memories dating back decades.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed former Maryland US Attorney Robert Hur as special counsel to investigate possible wrongdoing related to the Biden documents.
“The President made a commitment from the start to be responsible about this because he takes this seriously,” White House Attorney Richard Sauber said on Saturday.
“The President’s attorneys and the White House Office will continue to work with the DOJ and the Special Counsel to ensure this process is conducted quickly and efficiently.”
The Biden probe has also complicated the Justice Department’s investigation into Mr Trump’s keeping of classified documents and official records after he left office.
The Justice Department says Mr. Trump took hundreds of marked records with him when he left the White House in early 2021, defying months of requests to return them to the government and that it had to obtain a search warrant to retrieve them.
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