- DOJ officials conducted a search of Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Friday.
- Biden’s personal attorney said in a statement that “six items” with classified marks were found.
- Confidential documents were previously found at Biden’s home and at the Penn Biden Center think tank.
Justice Department officials found another set of classified documents at President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, after conducting a search on Friday, according to a statement from Biden’s personal attorney, Bob Bauer.
“Yesterday, the DOJ completed a thorough search of all materials at the President’s Wilmington home,” Bauer said in the statement. “It started at approximately 9:45 am and ended around 10:30 pm and covered all of the home’s work, living, and storage spaces.”
A statement by Biden’s special adviser, Richard Sauber, said Biden and the first lady were not present during the search.
Some of the items that were seized from the Wilmington home date back to Biden’s time in the Senate and as vice president, Bauer wrote. Personally handwritten notes from Biden’s vice presidential tenure were also taken for Justice Department review.
A set of classified documents was previously found at Biden’s home in Delaware and at the president’s Washington think tank, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
Biden’s lawyers first discovered what was described as a “small number” of classified documents on Nov. 2, as they were vacating the office the president periodically used at the think tank between 2017 and the start of his 2020 presidential campaign. .
The discovery prompted Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint Trump-appointed US Attorney John Lausch to lead an initial investigation.
The president’s personal attorneys later revealed to Lausch that they found a second set of confidential documents in the garage of Biden’s Wilmington home on Dec. 20. Five more pages of classified information would also later be found in a storage room next to the garage.
The Biden administration has been criticized for its decision to withhold the first discovery of classified documents from the public for more than two months, especially from Republican leaders who had to defend the discovery of thousands of pages of official White House documents from Donald Trump in March. -a-Lago resort.
Trump, who is facing a separate DOJ investigation for his handling of classified records, urged the FBI to “break into” Biden’s home.
Biden’s team was keen to distinguish Trump’s case from the president’s.
While the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in August after the National Archives spent more than a year requesting the return of hundreds of confidential and confidential documents, Sauber said in an earlier statement that personal lawyers of the President were operating fully with the Archives Agency and the DOJ.
“As soon as their lawyers realized those documents were there, they did the right thing,” White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Jan. 11. “And they handed over the documents to the archivist.”
Bauer also said in the statement that Biden had voluntarily offered “immediate access to his home” for the DOJ to conduct an investigation.