The Justice Department has revealed how another six classified documents were found during a search of President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware.
The search was conducted in secret on Friday and lasted about 13 hours.
The Justice Department took possession of materials it deemed appropriate 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, the Vice President said Bob Bauer, the President’s personal attorney, in a statement.
Prosecutors also “took personal handwritten notes from the vice president’s years for further review,” he said.
The President and First Lady Jill Biden were not at the home during the search. They’re spending the weekend at their home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
President Joe Biden walks from St. Edmund’s Roman Catholic Church after attending Mass in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Saturday
Bauer said that the president’s legal team offered to grant “immediate access” to Biden’s private residence “to allow the DOJ to search the entire premises for potential vice president records and potentially classified material.”
He said the offer was made “to move the process forward as quickly as possible”.
“The DOJ requested that the search not be released in advance, per its standard procedures, and we agreed to cooperate,” Bauer said in his email.
He said the DOJ completed a thorough search of all materials at the President’s home in Wilmington on Friday.
“It started around 9:45 a.m. and ended around 10:30 p.m. and included all the work, living and storage spaces in the house,” Bauer said. “By arrangement with the DOJ, representatives from both the personal legal team and the White House Office were present.”
The DOJ had “full access to the President’s home,” which included “personally handwritten notes, files, papers, binders, memorabilia, to-do lists, schedules, and memories spanning decades.”
“The DOJ also personally took handwritten notes from the vice president’s years for further review,” Bauer wrote in an email.
The Justice Department has revealed how another six classified documents were found during a search of President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware
The most recent search marked the first time it was publicly revealed that federal law enforcement had conducted a search for government documents at Biden’s home addresses.
Bauer said the FBI asked the White House not to comment on the search before it was conducted.
The Justice Department, he added, “took possession of materials it deemed pertinent to its investigation, including six items consisting of documents with classification marks and surrounding materials, some from the President’s Senate service and others from his.” tenure as Vice President.’
These latest documents add to various other classified government documents discovered earlier this month at Biden’s Wilmington home
These latest documents add to various other classified government documents discovered earlier this month at Biden’s Wilmington home.
Friday’s search came more than a week after Biden’s attorneys found six more classified documents from his vice presidential days in the president’s home library, and nearly three months after attorneys found a small number of classified records in his former offices at the Penn Biden Center had found in Washington, and office he used after completing his term as Vice President of the Obama administration in 2017.
Earlier this month, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed former Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert Hur as special counsel to investigate Biden’s retention of government records after he served as vice president and to investigate possible wrongdoing related to the Biden documents.
At least a few documents were found in Biden’s garage at his home in Wilmington, Delaware. Biden’s sons Beau and Hunter converted the car for him
The Justice Department searched Biden’s Delaware home and found six documents with non-disclosure marks and also took possession of some of his notes, the president’s attorney said Saturday
The White House has been criticized for how it handled the disclosure of the documents’ discovery and the search that followed after the first few records were found Nov. 2 at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington.
That discovery came just six days before the midterm elections, but the White House waited until this month to unveil the discovery.
“The President made a commitment from the start to be responsible about this because he takes this seriously,” White House Attorney Richard Sauber said Saturday.
“The President’s attorneys and the White House Office will continue to work with the Justice Department and the Special Counsel to ensure this process is conducted quickly and efficiently.”
Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump is also under criminal investigation by another special counsel for taking hundreds of classified notes along with other government documents from the White House when he left office.
By law, presidents and vice presidents must return government documents to the National Archives and Records Administration when they leave office.
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