FBI investigators on Friday uncovered more classified material following a search of President Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, home, the president’s personal attorney said in a statement.
During a nearly 12-hour search on Friday, “the Department of Justice has material it believes to be within the scope of its investigation, including six counts of classified-marked documents and surrounding material,” said Bob Ball. items, some of which came from the President’s service in the Senate, and some of which came during his tenure as Vice President. The Justice Department also conducted further review of autographed notes from the Vice President’s tenure.”
The six items are in addition to material previously found at Biden’s Wilmington residence and his private office.
The FBI searched Biden’s property in Wilmington with the consent of the president’s lawyers, the people said. The FBI had also previously sought documents found at the residence, which the Biden team disclosed last week.
Representatives from Biden’s personal legal team and the Office of the White House Counsel were present during a “thorough search” during which they had “full access” to the Biden residence, Ball said.
Ball 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 to investigate classified documents found on Biden. Special counsel Robert Hull, appointed more than a week ago, is investigating how the president and his team handled classified Obama-era documents recently discovered on Biden’s private estate. The first documents were discovered in Biden’s private office on Nov. 2, but were not publicly disclosed until earlier this month, when CBS first reported their existence.
Since then, attorneys for the president have found other classified documents at Biden’s Wilmington home, where Friday’s search took place. In a Jan. 11 statement, Ball said that once Biden’s personal attorneys located the classified documents, they would leave them in place and suspend searches of the space where they reside.
Whether it’s Biden or First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was present during the search, Special Counsel to the President Richard Sauber said in a statement.
Sauber wrote that Biden “has been committed to handling this responsibly because he takes it seriously,” and that he and his team are “working swiftly to ensure that the Justice Department and special counsel have the power to conduct a thorough investigation.” Everything you need to review.”
Biden will spend the 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 White House Legal Counsel’s office and Justice Department, but said Biden “travels a lot” to Delaware on weekends. ”
The FBI began searching Biden’s home five months after it obtained a warrant to search Mar-a-Lago, the Florida residence of former President Donald Trump. However, the raid came about because federal investigators had evidence that Trump had not turned over all classified material in his possession after receiving a subpoena to turn it over to the National Archives.
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