The Justice Department has searched President Biden’s Delaware home and found six documents containing classified information and also seized some of his memos, the president’s lawyer said Saturday.
Bob Bauer, a lawyer for the president, said the Justice Department conducted the search at Mr. Biden’s Wilmington residence on Friday. He said it lasted about 13 hours.
The Justice Department “took possession of materials it deemed within the scope of its investigation, including six items consisting of classified documents and surrounding materials, some of which were from the president’s service in the Senate and some from his tenure as Vice President,” Bauer said in a statement.
Prosecutors “also personally seized handwritten notes from the vice presidential years for further review,” he said.
In a separate statement, Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president, said that “DOJ conducted an extensive search of the president’s Wilmington residence and it was concluded late Friday night.”
“Neither the president nor the first lady was present during the search,” Sauber added.
This comes after about 10 documents with classification marks wereby Mr. Biden’s personal attorneys at the Penn Biden Center on Nov. 2. Other records marked as classified were also at the president’s Wilmington home in late December, although the White House did not disclose the find until last week.
Mr. Bidenon Thursday that he “does not regret” the handling of the documents that have been discovered. When asked why the White House did not disclose the existence of the documents in November, earlier he told reporters he thinks they’ll find out “there’s nobody there.”
“We found a handful of documents were filed in the wrong place,” Biden responded. “We immediately turned them over to the Archives and the Department of Justice. We are cooperating fully and look forward to getting this resolved quickly. I think you’re going to find there’s nothing there. I have no regrets. I’m following what Attorneys have been saying me that they want me to do. That’s exactly what we do. There’s nobody there.”
It remains to be seen whether additional searches by federal officials from elsewhere may be conducted. Mr. Biden’s personal lawyers previously searched the Rehoboth Beach residence and said they found no official documents or classified records.
Bauer said the FBI asked the White House not to comment on the search until it was conducted, and that Mr. Biden’s personal and White House lawyers were present. The FBI, he added, “had full access to the president’s home, including personal handwritten notes, files, papers, binders, memorabilia, to-do lists, schedules and reminders going back decades.”
Attorney General Merrick Garlandformer lawyer Robert Hur in Maryland in the United States as a special adviser to investigate any wrongdoing surrounding the Biden documents.
– Since the beginning, the president has been obliged to handle this in a responsible way because he takes this seriously, said lawyer Richard Sauber in the White House on Saturday. “The president’s lawyers and the White House counsel’s office will continue to work with the DOJ and the special counsel to ensure that this process is carried out quickly and efficiently.”
Biden documents findings and investigation, which is in the hands of Special Counsel Jack Smith, are significantly different. The Justice Department says Trump took hundreds of records marked as classified with him when he left the White House in early 2021 and resisted months of requests to return them to the government. Biden has made a point of cooperating with the DOJ probe at all times, though questions remain about his openness with the public.