FBI investigators found additional classified material on Friday after conducting a search of President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, the president’s personal attorney said in a statement.
Bob Bauer said that during the search, which lasted nearly 12 hours on Friday, “DOJ took possession of materials it deemed to be within the scope of its investigation, including six items consisting of documents with classification marks and surrounding materials, some of which were from the service of the President in the Senate and some of which were from his term as Vice President. The Department of Justice also took personally handwritten notes from the vice presidential years for further review.”
Those six items are in addition to materials previously found at Biden’s Wilmington residence and in his private office.
The FBI conducted a search of Biden’s Wilmington property with the consent of the president’s lawyers, people briefed on the matter said. The FBI also previously collected documents found at the residence, which Biden’s team revealed last week.
Bauer said that representatives of Biden’s personal legal team and the White House Attorney’s Office were present during the “extensive search,” during which they had “full access” to Biden’s home.
Bauer added that the Justice Department “requested that the search not be made public in advance, in accordance with its standard procedures, and we agreed to cooperate.”
The FBI search of Biden’s home shows that federal investigators are moving quickly with their investigation of classified documents found in Biden’s possession. Special counsel Robert Hur, who was appointed just over a week ago, is investigating how the president and his team handled classified Obama-era documents recently found in Biden’s private possession. The first documents were found in Biden’s private office on November 2, but were not released publicly until earlier this month, when CBS first reported their existence.
Other classified documents have since been found by the president’s lawyers at Biden’s home in Wilmington, where the search took place Friday. Bauer said in a January 11 statement that once Biden’s personal attorneys found the classified documents, they left the document where it was found and suspended the search for the space where it was located.
Neither Biden nor the first lady, Dr. Jill Biden, were present during the search, special counsel to the president Richard Sauber said in a statement.
Biden, Sauber wrote, “has committed to handling this responsibly because he takes it seriously” and he and his team are “working quickly to ensure DOJ and the special counsel have what they need to conduct a thorough review.” .
Biden will spend this weekend at his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Asked by the Associated Press on Friday if the visit had anything to do with documents found at Biden’s Wilmington home, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre referred reporters to Biden’s attorney’s office. the White House and the Justice Department, but said Biden “often travels to Delaware on the weekends.”
The FBI search of Biden’s home comes five months after the FBI obtained a search warrant to search former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago. That search, however, occurred because federal investigators had evidence suggesting that Trump had failed to turn over all classified materials in his possession after receiving a subpoena to turn over classified documents to the National Archives.
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