The FBI searches Biden’s Wilmington home and finds more classified materials

The FBI searches Biden’s Wilmington home and finds more classified materials

The FBI searches Biden’s Wilmington home and finds more classified materials



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FBI investigators found additional classified footage Friday after searching 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 Friday, “the DOJ took possession of materials it deemed pertinent to its investigation, including six items consisting of documents with classification marks and surrounding materials, some of which stemmed from the President’s service in the Senate and some from his tenure as Vice President. The DOJ also personally received handwritten notes from the Vice President’s years for further review.”

These six items are in addition to materials previously found at Biden’s Wilmington residence and in his private office.

The FBI, with the consent of the president’s attorneys, has searched Biden’s property in Wilmington, people with knowledge of the matter said. The FBI also previously picked up documents found at the residence that the Biden team disclosed last week.

Bauer said representatives from Biden’s personal legal team and the White House Office were present during the “thorough search,” during which they had “full access” to the Biden home.

Bauer added that the DOJ “has requested that the search not be released in advance, per its standard procedures, and we have agreed to work together.”

The FBI’s search of Biden’s home shows that federal investigators are moving forward quickly investigating classified documents found in Biden’s possession. Special Counsel Robert Hur, 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 Nov. 2, but were not publicly disclosed until earlier this month, when CBS first reported their existence.

Since then, other classified documents have been found at Biden’s Wilmington home by the president’s attorneys, where the search took place on Friday. Bauer said in a Jan. 11 statement that after finding the classified documents, Biden’s personal attorneys left the document where it was found and ceased their search for the room it was in.

Neither Biden nor First Lady Dr. Jill Biden was present during the search, Presidential Special Counsel Richard Sauber said in a statement.

Biden, Sauber wrote, “is committed to doing this responsibly because he takes this seriously,” and he and his team are “working quickly to ensure the Justice Department and the Special Counsel have what they need to conduct a thorough review.” .”

Biden is spending this weekend at his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. When asked by the Associated Press Friday whether the visit had anything to do with documents found at Biden’s Wilmington home, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre referred reporters to the White House Office and the Justice Department , but said that Biden “often travels to Delaware on the weekends.”

The FBI’s search of Biden’s home comes five months after the FBI obtained a search warrant to search former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Florida residence. However, that search came about because federal investigators had evidence that Trump had not turned over all classified information in his possession after receiving a subpoena to turn over classified information to the National Archives.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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