WASHINGTON (AP) — On Friday, the FBI raided President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, and found six additional classified documents and some of his notes, the president’s lawyer said Saturday.
Bob Bauer, the president’s personal lawyer, said the search of the entire premises lasted nearly 13 hours. Classification documents cover Biden’s Senate and Vice Presidential tenures, while the Notes cover Biden’s tenure as Vice President.
The search comes more than a week after Biden’s lawyers found six other classified documents in the president’s home library when he was vice president, and nearly three months after lawyers found a small number of classified documents in his former Pennsylvania offices. Biden Center in Washington.
On Thursday, Biden said there was “nothing out there” in the discovery of the documents, which have become a political headache for the president and complicated a Justice Department investigation into the storage of classified documents and official records by former President Donald Trump after he left office.
“We found that several documents were filed in the wrong place,” Biden told reporters who questioned him during the California hurricane damage tour. “We immediately handed them over to the Archives and the Department of Justice.”
Biden said he is “fully cooperating and looking forward to a speedy resolution to this issue.”
President and First Lady Jill Biden were not at the house at the time of the search. They spent their weekends at their home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Bauer said the FBI requested that the White House not comment on the search before it was conducted and that Biden’s personal attorney and the White House be present. He added that the FBI “had full access to the president’s home, including personal handwritten notes, files, documents, folders, memorabilia, to-do lists, schedules, and reminders of past decades.”
He added that the Justice Department “has taken possession of materials that it believes are within the scope of its investigation, including six items consisting of classified documents and related materials, some of which were from the president’s service in the Senate, and some of which have been since his tenure as Vice President.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed former U.S. Attorney for Maryland Robert Hoore as special counsel to investigate any potential wrongdoing related to the Biden documents.
“From the very beginning, the president has been keen to approach this responsibly because he takes it seriously,” White House attorney Richard Sauber said Saturday. “Presidential Counsel and the White House Counsel’s Office will continue to work with the Department of Justice and the Special Counsel to ensure that this process is carried out quickly and efficiently.”
The discovery of the Biden documents and the Trump investigation, which is in the hands of Special Counsel Jack Smith, are quite different. The Justice Department says Trump took hundreds of tapes marked as secret with him after he left the White House in early 2021 and resisted requests for months to return them to the government. Biden has been consistently cooperating with the Justice Department’s investigation, though questions remain about his transparency with the public.