Biden’s secret documents prompt FBI search
HO CHI MINH CITY –
The FBI searched the home of US President Joe Biden Beach, Delaware, on Wednesday as part of an investigation into possible mishandling of classified documents, the president’s personal lawyer said.
The search, the third on Biden’s site in less than two months, comes after a January 20, 13-hour top-to-bottom inspection of his Wilmington, Delaware home, where The agents found the documents marked classified and also took possession of some of his handwritten notes.
Wednesday’s attempt, although expected after previously reported searches of Biden’s Wilmington home and his former office in Washington, was the latest unpleasant development for the president, who The retention of classified documents – considered a “fault” by his lawyers – tarnished his efforts. to bring rule compliance back to the White House.
It highlights that an investigation that has been going on quietly for weeks is continuing to be pushed forward rather than disappearing.
In a separate effort ahead of the Biden investigation, special counsel Jack Smith is investigating former President Donald Trump’s keeping about 300 classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. Agents last August received search warrants to recover classified documents after what the Justice Department said was Trump and his representatives resisted for months to return the records to the government. .
The Justice Department declined to comment on Wednesday’s search.
This is the latest incident after Biden’s lawyers discovered the classified documents on November 2 – revealed only last month – when they closed an office at the Penn Biden Center. , a consulting organization affiliated with Ivy League schools. Since then, the president has voluntarily allowed the Justice Department into his residence as investigators seek to determine how classified documents from Biden’s time as vice president and a senator resurfaced. in his home and office.
In a statement acknowledging the search Wednesday, Biden’s personal attorney, Bob Bauer, said the Justice Department initiated the new action “without prior notice to the public and we have agreed to cooperate.” .”
“Today’s search is the next step in a thorough and timely DOJ process, and we will continue to provide full support and facilitation. We will have more information at the end of today’s search.” today,” he added.
The FBI raided the Penn Biden Center in November after Biden’s attorneys discovered initial documents there, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press on Tuesday, and the FBI has already moved on. searched the Wilmington property last month, locating what Bauer said were six items of classified material.
It was not immediately clear if any more classified documents were found on Wednesday.
The investigation of the Biden documents is being handled by special counsel, Robert Hur, a former top federal prosecutor in Baltimore. He will begin his work this week, inheriting the months-long investigation that has been carried out by FBI agents and Justice Department prosecutors.
Investigators conducted interviews, including a former Biden executive aide, who helped oversee the packing of boxes to the Penn Biden Center. It remains unclear whether and when the Justice Department will be able to question Biden on its own.
The Biden family bought their Rehoboth Beach home, which overlooks a state park by the beach, in June 2017, months after he left the vice presidency.