Biden on Discovery of Classified Documents: A person with knowledge of the situation said that President Joe Biden’s staff found at least one more set of classified documents in a place other than the Washington office he used after leaving the Obama administration.
Since November, when classified documents were found in Biden’s old office, his staff has been looking for any other classified documents that might be in other places he used, said the source, who spoke anonymously to give details about the ongoing investigation.
When asked for a comment, the White House did not give one. The Justice Department didn’t have anything to say. CBS News was the first to report that Biden had found classified documents in an office he used after he was vice president. This was on Monday.
It wasn’t clear right away what level of classification, how many, or where the extra documents were. It was also not clear right away when the new documents were found or if the search for any other classified information Biden might have from the Obama administration is over.
A person with knowledge of the situation said that Biden’s staff has been going through documents stored in places other than his old Washington office to see if any more classified documents need to be given to the National Archives and looked at by the Justice Department.
The search was said to be thorough, and the goal was to find all classified papers that Biden may have accidentally put in boxes when he moved out of the vice president’s office in January 2017. Minutes after NBC News reported on the new documents, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., responded on social media by tweeting the words “Special counsel.“
Monday, the White House released a statement confirming that on November 2, a “small number of documents” with classified markings that seemed to be from the Obama administration had been found at a Washington think tank connected to Biden.
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Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president, said in a statement Monday that the documents were found in a locked closet by Biden’s lawyers as they were packing up to leave the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
In February 2018, the University of Pennsylvania rented a set of offices for the center. One of the offices was for Biden to use as a private citizen when he was in Washington. Biden told reporters Tuesday that he was “surprised” by the discovery and didn’t know what was in the documents.
Three congressional staffers said that the chair and vice chair of the Senate intelligence committee have written to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines to ask for access to the classified documents, an assessment of the damage by the intelligence community, and a briefing on both the Biden and Trump documents.
The staffers said that this request is like how the committee asked for information after the raid at Mar-a-Lago, the Florida resort of former President Donald Trump. Sauber said that Biden’s lawyers told National Archives about the discovery right away, and the agency took over the papers the next day.
Two people who knew about the situation said that less than a dozen classified documents were found at the office. The matter was sent to the Justice Department by the Archives.
A source close to the case told NBC News on Monday that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has asked John R. Lausch, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and a Trump appointee, to look into how the classified information got into the closet.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani speculated on NEWSMAX about the timing of the discovery of President Biden’s classified documents. He thinks it might be tied to a Democrat scheme to keep him from announcing for 2024.https://t.co/sUb7rZGSw9 pic.twitter.com/DEjPQXvxIY
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Biden said Tuesday, “We’re doing everything we can to help.” The Justice Department is looking into whether Trump is breaking the law by keeping more than 100 classified documents even though he has been asked to give them back.
Trump has made fun of Biden over the discovery on his Truth Social account and said he was unfairly targeted by federal investigators, even though the facts of his case and Biden’s are very different. He wrote, “A big scam.”
Bradley Moss, a lawyer who often criticizes Trump and specializes in national security issues, tweeted after the NBC report: “Nothing I’ve seen so far has made me think that Biden and his team, at least for now, are not at risk of being caught in a crime.
I also have no reason to think that this changes the odds of Trump being charged. So, it makes me mad that Biden’s staff is so careless.” If you find this to be interesting, please forward it along to your friends. Visit Lighthousejournal.org for the most up-to-date and recent celebrity news.
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