The Justice Department is currently reviewing “a small number of potentially classified documents” from President Joe Biden’s days as vice president, found at his former Washington think tank in November. the president’s special adviser said Monday.
Biden’s personal attorney found a cache of about 10 documents on November 2 when they cleared office space at the Penn Biden Center, attorney Richard Sauber said in a statement. He explained that the files were found in a “closed cabinet”. The National Archives took possession of the documents the next morning.
“Since that discovery, the President’s personal attorneys have partnered with the Archives and the Department of Justice on a process to ensure that all Obama-Biden Administration records are in the possession of the President. owned by the Archives,” Sauber said.
CBS news first report document existence. The exact extent of their classification is unclear, though CNN reported that among the records found were several top-secret files with “sensitive segregated information” specified, a label commonly used for highly sensitive information obtained from sources. Intelligence.
The sources also told CBS that the documents contained no material about nuclear secrets.
After former President Barack Obama left office, Biden’s transition from the vice-president included his time leading the Penn Biden Center for Global Affairs and Engagement, where he held office until his retirement. running for president in 2019. The institute operates independently of the Biden administration.
Someone close to the problem told Related press on Monday that the Justice Department was scrutinizing the documents, with Attorney General Merrick Garland appointing U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch to conduct the review.
Richard Sauber noted that the files were not the subject of any previous investigation by the National Archives, in contrast to the archives seized by federal agents at the former President’s residence. President Donald Trump in Florida last August. The former president fought fiercely with the Justice Department as it attempted to conduct an investigation into about 100 classified documents that were removed from Mar-a-Lago.
Biden previously criticized Trump’s decision to hoard records as “totally irresponsible,” a comment highlighted in a dry statement released Monday by Rep. KY), chairman of the House Oversight Committee.
“Under the Biden Administration, the Department of Justice and the National Archives have made compliance with the Presidential Records Act a top priority,” he said. “We expect similar treatment for President Biden, who appears to have inappropriately kept classified documents in an unsafe environment for several years.”
On Monday, Trump himself took to Truth Social to ask: “When is the FBI going to raid multiple Joe Biden homes, maybe even the White House? These documents are definitely not declassified.”
Comer repeated the former president’s words in a speech to reporters, according to the AP. ““Is the White House going to be raided tonight? Are they going to raid the Bidens?” he asked, going on to suggest that there is a “two-tier justice system” that favors Democrats and the current president over Trump and Republicans.