Biden documents: More classified material found at Delaware home – USA TODAY

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s lawyers found more classified documents this week at his home in Wilmington, Del. than previously revealed, the White House said Saturday. 
Five additional pages of classified material were found Thursday when Justice Department officials visited Biden’s home to assist with a search of the president’s private residence, Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president, said in a statement.
It brings the tally of classified documents discovered this week to six. Biden’s personal attorneys initially found one document Wednesday in a room next to his garage in addition to a “small number” discovered Dec. 20 inside the garage. But lacking security clearance, the attorneys stopped their search and notified the Justice Department. 
‘Fairness and double standards’: How Biden’s classified documents debacle could become a political, legal liability
The revelation marks the third time this week the White House has disclosed finding classified documents at locations tied to Biden. An initial batch of about 10 classified documents was found Nov. 2 in the president’s former office at the Penn Biden Center in Washington. 
Graphics: How Biden’s case differs from Trump’s classified documents seized at Mar-a-Lago
Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday appointed a special counsel, Robert Hur, to investigate Biden’s handling of classified documents, which date back to his time as vice president, and whether any laws were violated.
“We have now publicly released specific details about the documents identified, how they were identified, and where they were found,” Sauber said. “As I said Thursday, the White House will cooperate with the newly-appointed special counsel.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, during a briefing Thursday, said the search of Biden’s home in Wilmington was complete but did not mention the five additional pages of classified material. 
More: Second set of classified documents found in Biden’s garage after search of 2 residences
Bob Bauer, one of Biden’s personal attorneys, said the president’s lawyers “have attempted to balance the importance of public transparency where appropriate” with the “established norms and limitations” to protect the investigation’s integrity. “These considerations require avoiding the public release of detail relevant to the investigation while it is ongoing,” he said. 
Following the first discovery of classified documents at the Penn Biden Center, Bauer said the president’s attorneys adopted a protocol to suspend the search and notify the Justice Department when a document is discovered. As a result, he said Biden’s legal team doesn’t have a precise number of the total documents found, nor can they guarantee more documents won’t be located.
“Adhering to this process means that any disclosure regarding documents cannot be conclusive until the government has conducted its inquiry,” Bauer said. 
Biden’s self-inflicted document crisis has opened him up to new attacks from Republicans and blunted the political momentum he enjoyed after Democrats exceeded expectations in November’s midterm elections. The House Judiciary Committee chairman in the new Republican-controlled House, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, announced a congressional investigation on the matter Friday
The discovery of Biden documents has drawn comparisons to the hundreds of classified documents the FBI recovered at the home of former President Donald Trump. 
Yet there are several significant distinctions including the vastly fewer documents found at Biden’s office.
Biden’s attorneys have voluntarily notified the Justice Department and National Archives about the documents. The FBI received a search warrant of the Mar-a-Lago estate in August to seize more than 100 of Trump’s documents after he resisted repeated requests from the National Archives under the Presidential Records Act.
Reach Joey Garrison on Twitter @joeygarrison.

source

Leave a Comment