Nearly 10 documents were found by the president’s personal attorneys at the Washington think tank in November.
Secret documents from Joe Biden’s time as vice president were discovered by the president’s personal attorneys at a Washington think tank in November, a White House lawyer said.
Nearly 10 documents were found at Biden’s office at the Penn Biden Center for Global Affairs and Engagement, CBS News reported Monday, adding that US Attorney General Merrick Garland had requested U.S. attorney in Chicago reviews classified documents that have been turned over to the U.S. Department of Justice. National Archives.
The classified document was identified by Biden’s personal attorneys on November 2, days before the election. midterm electionsRichard Sauber, special adviser to the president, said in a statement Monday.
The Penn Biden Center is named after Biden, who periodically used the office space from mid-2017 until the beginning of his term. 2020 presidential campaign. Sauber said the White House Attorney’s Office notified the National Archives the day the documents were discovered, adding that the National Archives took possession of the documents the next morning. .
Sauber also said the documents were not the subject of any previous inquiries or investigations by the National Archives.
The documents were discovered when Biden’s personal attorneys were “packaging the files in a locked cabinet in preparation for clearing the office at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, DC,” Sauber said. He added that the White House is working with the Justice Department and the National Archives.
The Department of Justice, the National Archives and the consulting organization did not respond to a request for comment. Biden was vice president under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017.
Sauber’s statement made no mention of how many documents were classified, what they contained, or how classified they were. CBS News reports that they contain no nuclear secrets.
Representative Jamie Raskin, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement that Biden’s attorneys “appear to have taken immediate and proper action” after finding see documents.
Raskin said he trusts Garland to “make a fair decision about any other action that may be necessary”.
The Justice Department is investigating the handling of former President Donald Trump separately highly sensitive confidential documents which he has retained at his Florida resort after leaving the White House in January 2021.
FBI agents carried out a court-approved case Search August 8 for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. About 100 documents marked as confidential were among the thousands seized.
“When will the FBI raid more Joe Biden homes, maybe even the White House? These documents are definitely not declassified,” Trump said in a post on his Truth Social platform late Monday.