The Department of Justice in a new search of President Biden’s Delaware home discovered additional classified documents, Biden’s personal lawyer revealed Saturday evening.
The search, according to Biden’s attorney Bob Bauer lasted roughly 12 hours, beginning at 9:45 a.m. and ending around 10:30 p.m., occurring Friday in Biden’s residence in Wilmington. Bauer noted the search covered all working, living, and storage spaces in the home and found six items consisting of an unspecified number of documents with classification markings.
“DOJ had full access to the President’s home, including personally handwritten notes, files, papers, binders, memorabilia, to-do lists, schedules, and reminders going back decades,” Bauer revealed in a statement Saturday evening.
Some of the classified documents and “surrounding materials” dated from Biden’s tenure in the U.S. Senate, where he represented Delaware as Senator for 36 years from 1973 to 2009, in addition to his tenure as vice president during the Obama administration. FBI agents took handwritten notes from Biden’s years as vice president.
Bauer added that Justice Department officials coordinated the search with Biden’s legal team ahead of time and requested that the search not be made public in advance, in accordance with its standard procedures, and that Biden’s legal team agreed to cooperate.
While the search of six classified documents are in addition to previously discovered materials, the fourth discovery of the classified documents didn’t disclose where exactly in Biden’s Wilmington home they were found. The previous documents were found in November at the president’s personal former office at his think tank in Washington along with a separate discoveries both in December and January at his Wilmington residence garage and nearly storage space.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Illinois also confirmed the search. According to source familiar with the matter, the search of Biden’s Wilmington residence did not require a search warrant or a subpoena.
In a separate statement, White House counsel Richard Sauber emphasized the president’s cooperation, noting Biden nor the First Lady Jill Biden were at the residence when the search occurred.
“The President’s lawyers and White House Counsel’s Office will continue to cooperate with DOJ and the Special Counsel to help ensure this process is conducted swiftly and efficiently,” Sauber said.
The search is part of the special counsel investigation into Biden’s handling of classified documents from his time as vice president. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel last week to investigate any potential wrongdoing surrounding the Biden documents. The search indicates that federal investigators are swiftly moving forward with the probe into Biden’s possession of classified documents found in his personal private confinements.
The sporadic revelations along with the White House press corps growing exasperated with the White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre for continuously stonewalling questions while providing robotically incomplete and inaccurate information to the American public has raised fresh new harsh scrutiny over the Biden administration lack of transparency.
On Thursday, Biden personally commented on the docu-drama matter during his trip touring California, telling reporters that he had no regrets regarding his handling of classified materials discovered in multiple personal locations and for not publicly disclosing before the midterm elections.
“There is no there, there,” Biden told reporters.
“We found a handful of documents … were filed in the wrong place, we immediately turned them over to the [National] Archives and the Justice Department,” Biden continued. “We’re fully cooperating and looking forward to getting this resolved quickly.”
“I think you’re going to find, there’s nothing there. I have no regrets,” Biden added. “I’m following what the lawyers have told me they want me to do. It’s exactly what we’re doing. There’s no ‘there’ there. Thank you.”
Biden is spending this weekend at his other Delaware home in Rehoboth Beach, a residency that the president and his family mostly spends his weekends during the summer time.Biden Classified DocumentsBob BauerDepartment of JusticePresident BidenRichard SauberWhite House NewsWilmington