President Joe Biden’s lawyer stated on Saturday that the FBI conducted a search of his Wilmington, Delaware residence on Friday and discovered six additional documents with classified marks as well as taking some of his notes.
The search of the entire property lasted roughly 13 hours, according to Bob Bauer, the president’s attorney.
The notes were from Biden’s time as vice president, while the classified records covered his time in the Senate and as vice president.
The search was conducted more than a week after Biden’s lawyers discovered six additional classified records from his time as vice president in the president’s home library and nearly three months after they discovered a small number of classified documents at his former offices at the Penn Biden Center.
In response to the document revelations, which have caused the president political headaches and complicated the Justice Department’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s retention of official records and classified documents after leaving office, Biden insisted on Thursday that “there’s no there there.”
During a tour of the storm damage in California, reporters questioned Biden and stated, “We noticed a handful of paperwork was filed in the wrong place.”
“We promptly gave them to the Justice Department and the Archives.”
Biden stated that he was “totally cooperating and anticipating a speedy resolution to this.”
When the house was searched, neither the president nor the first lady, Jill Biden, were there.
They were staying at their Rehoboth Beach residence over the weekend.
According to Bauer, White House and Biden’s attorneys were there and claimed that the FBI had asked them not to remark on the search before it was carried out.
The FBI “had complete access to the President’s house, including personally handwritten notes, files, papers, binders, memorabilia, to-do lists, schedules, and reminders going back decades,” the official continued.
He continued, “The Justice Department took possession of materials it considered within the scope of its investigation, including six items consisting of documents with classification markings and surrounding materials, some of which were from the President’s service in the Senate and some of which were from his tenure as Vice President.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed former Maryland U.S. Attorney Robert Hur as a special counsel to investigate any possible illegality involving the Biden documents.
On Saturday, White House attorney Richard Sauber stated that “the President has been committed to handling this responsibly from the outset because he takes this seriously.”
“To ensure this process is carried out quickly and effectively, the President’s attorneys and the White House Counsel’s Office will continue working with DOJ and the Special Counsel.”
The Trump probe under the supervision of special counsel Jack Smith differs significantly from the Biden document discovery.
The Justice Department claims that after departing the White House in early 2021, Trump took hundreds of documents marked classified with him and refused months of requests to turn them up to the government.
While there are still concerns about his openness to the public, Biden has always worked with the DOJ investigation.