THIRD batch of classified docs found at Biden's Delaware homeJanuary 14, 2023
THIRD batch of classified documents found at Biden’s Delaware home: White House Special Counsel uncovers five more pages after he was sent to investigate when President’s attorneys were told they didn’t have clearance to keep searching
- A third set of documents have been found at Joe Biden’s Delaware home
- The president’s attorneys found them on Thursday evening and had to call in a special counsel to view the documents as they did not have viewing clearances
- It is the sixth classified document found in Biden’s home in Delaware
- The first set was found at the Penn-Biden Center in Washington DC
A third batch of classified files from Joe Biden’s Vice Presidency has been found at his Delaware home.
The president’s attorneys announced the find on Saturday, stating that they found five additional pages that were marked classified inside his home on Thursday evening.
It brings the total to six classified documents to have been found at Biden’s home in Delaware, as the first one was found in the garage. It also brings the grand total of classified documents from Biden’s days as vice president up to two dozen.
His personal attorneys discovered the documents in the room adjacent to the garage, but did not have clearance to view them, so they had to call in Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president.
‘Because I have a security clearance, I went to Wilmington Thursday evening to facilitate providing the document the President’s personal counsel found on Wednesday to the Justice Department,’ Sauber said, according to Fox News.
‘While I was transferring it to the DOJ officials who accompanied me, five additional pages with classification markings were discovered among the material with it, for a total of six pages. The DOJ officials with me immediately took possession of them.
A third set of classified documents have been found at Joe Biden’s Delaware home on Thursday
It brings the total to six classified documents to have been found at Biden’s home in Delaware
The first document was discovered in the garage of Biden’s Delaware home
‘The President’s lawyers have acted immediately and voluntarily to provide the Penn Biden documents to the Archives and the Wilmington documents to DOJ,’ he said.
Biden’s personal lawyer, Robert Bauer, defended the delay in releasing the information, saying the president’s legal team ‘have attempted to balance the importance of public transparency where appropriate with the established norms and limitations necessary to protect the investigation’s integrity.’
The latest discovery comes just days after two other sets were found. The first set of sensitive files were found at a DC office for his think tank and as the Biden administration dodged questions on whether they were tracking down any other records.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was hounded by reporters during her Thursday briefing shortly before the article was published – and insisted that Biden takes classified documents and their retention ‘seriously.’
On Wednesday, Jean-Pierre was asked by reporters whether Biden had looked into whether he might have possibly taken other documents to any other office he has or his homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth, Delaware.
She refused to provide an answer, saying: ‘I’m just not going to speak to this. I’m going to let the process continue. It’s an ongoing process. And so, I’m just not going to, to speak to this from here. It is more prudent and more appropriate for my colleagues at the White House Counsel.’
Earlier in the week, it was reported that in November 2022, attorneys for the president discovered documents at his former office in the Penn-Biden Center in Washington DC, which he used after his time as vice president.
The documents were discovered in a locked closet while the lawyers were cleaning out the office to move out.
The White House acknowledged that Biden’s attorneys had found 10 documents with classified markings at an old office at a Washington DC think tank, the president has been peppered with questions about the discovery.
The classified documents that appeared to be from the Obama administration were found on November 2 – before the midterm elections – though news of the documents did not come out until months later.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre would not go into further detail at a press briefing about classified documents found at a think tank office formerly used by President Joe Biden
The DC office building where 10 classified documents were found at a former office of now President Joe Biden
US Attorney General Merrick Garland, who sanctioned the FBI’s search warrant served at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, is being asked to do the same for President Biden and his handling of classified documents
Senator Lindsey Graham said on Fox News on Wednesday that Attorney General Merrick Garland should appoint a special counsel to handle the matter, as he did for the Trump investigations.
‘Garland, if you’re listening, if you thought it was necessary, attorney general, to appoint a special counsel regarding president trump, then you need to do the exact same thing regarding President Biden when it comes to handling classified information,’ the South Carolina Republican said.
Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri reacted to the news by simply tweeting out the words: ‘Special counsel.’
‘My question is with regard to the first batch, what did Merrick Garland know when they were discovered November 3, and he declared a special counsel for Trump on November 18?’ Republican Representative Mike Waltz of Florida said to DailyMail.com.
‘Obviously, he had some knowledge and yet chose a special counsel, announced it, you know, had this entire rollout and no mention. What did he know?’
Waltz also questioned ‘who knew’ about the documents between November 3 and November 8, midterm Election Day.
‘The timing is incredibly suspicious,’ Waltz continued. ‘It’s got to be one of the world’s biggest coincidences, if not, politics, were involved.’
Biden was asked about the documents at the top of his trilateral press conference Tuesday in Mexico City, alongside Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The president said he was ‘surprised’ to find out classified documents were discovered in a box in a locked cabinet. But said his lawyers ‘did what they should have done.’
‘They immediately called the Archives – immediately called the Archives, turned them over to the Archives,’ the president said.
The documents were discovered on November 2 and handed over to the Archives on November 3.
Armed Secret Service agents stand outside an entrance to former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, late Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Florida while the FBI searched portion of his home for classified files taken from the White House
Former President Donald Trump says that Biden’s home should be ‘raided’ like his Mar-a-Lago estate in search of classified documents
Garland appointed a special counsel to oversee the Trump investigation on November 18.
Biden said he didn’t know the content of the documents and that his lawyers suggested he not ask.
‘And we’re cooperating fully with the review,’ the president added.
Republicans have cried of a ‘double standard’ saying that Trump’s possession of classified documents made him the subject of a raid on Mar-a-Lago in August.
The Biden team has pointed out that in Trump’s case, the FBI was aware that Trump had not fully complied with a subpoena from the Archives to return all classified documents. In Biden’s case, the Archives was unaware of the missing documents.
Representative Mike Turner from Ohio, the freshly appointed chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, contacted the Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, saying that Biden’s retention of the documents put him in ‘potential violation of laws protecting national security, including the Espionage Act and Presidential Records Act.’
White House documents and classified records are to be stored at the National Archives in Washington, DC according to the Presidential Records Act
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