Secret documents discovered in Biden’s garage: The White House
The White House announced that attorneys have found a small cache of classified documents at President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware.
One document was found in a room adjacent to the garage, and no records were found at the Bidens’ Rehoboth Beach home, White House Special Counsel Richard Sauber said in a statement. He said the department is “cooperating fully” to ensure records are handled properly.
After Biden’s attorneys found the initial documents, said Richard Sauber, the special counsel to the president, they examined other locations where the records may have been shipped after Biden left the vice presidency in 2017.
Sauber said a “small number” of classified documents were found in storage space in Biden’s garage in Wilmington, with one copy in an adjoining room. The White House did not say when the subsequent search began or when the additional documents were found, saying only that the investigation was completed on Wednesday night.
Sauber said the Justice Department was “notified immediately” after the documents were found and that the records were kept by department attorneys.
Regardless of the Justice Department’s review, the revelation that Biden mishandled classified or presidential records proves that he was “irresponsible” for keeping hundreds of such records at his private club in Florida.
Earlier this week, the White House confirmed that the department had reviewed “a small number of classified documents” that were found in the Washington office. The White House said Biden’s attorneys discovered the material in the offices of the Ben Biden Center and then immediately contacted the National Archives about the discovery. Biden maintained an office there after leaving the vice presidency in 2017 until shortly before he launched his Democratic presidential campaign in 2019.
The disclosure that the Biden team had exposed additional classified documents came hours after White House press secretary Karen Jean-Pierre dodged questions about Biden’s handling of classified information and the West Wing’s management of the discovery.
She said Wednesday that the White House is committed to handling the matter “in the right way,” referring to the notification of the National Archives notification to Biden’s personal attorneys.
But she declined to say when Biden himself was briefed, whether there were more classified documents potentially residing in other unauthorized locations, and why the White House waited more than two months to reveal the discovery of the initial batch of documents. It was found on November 2, days before the midterm elections.
“As my lawyer colleagues said and penned for all of you yesterday, this is an ongoing process under review by the Ministry of Justice. So we will limit ourselves to what we can say here,” Jean-Pierre said.
The Department of Justice is reviewing records held at the Ben Biden Center. Attorney General Merrick Garland has asked John Lauch, the US attorney in Chicago, to review the matter, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press (AP) this week. This person was also not authorized to discuss the issue publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Lausch is one of the few US attorneys removed from the Trump administration.
Biden said he was “surprised to learn there were any government records transferred to that office,” but that his attorneys “did what they should have done” when they immediately contacted the National Archives.
The senior Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee asked intelligence agencies to conduct a “damage assessment” of potentially classified documents.
The disclosure could also complicate the Justice Department’s consideration of charges against Trump. The Republican is trying to take back the White House in 2024 and has repeatedly claimed that the department’s investigation into his behavior amounts to “corruption.”
Significant differences exist between Trump and Biden’s positions, including the seriousness of the ongoing grand jury investigation into Mar-a-Lago.