The White House confirmed this Thursday that US President Joe Biden’s lawyers have found new classified documents from the time he was vice president (2009-2017) in one of his private residences in Delaware.
This was corroborated by the special counsel of the White House, Richard Sauber, in a statement in which he specified that the legal team of the Presidency carried out a search, in collaboration with the Department of Justice, in the residences of Wilmington and the beach of Rehoboth, in Delaware.
According to Sauber, “those are the other locations where documents from his office during the Vice Presidency could have been sent in the course of the transition in 2017. The lawyers completed the review last night.”
The lawyers discovered political and personal papers along with a series of classified documents.
All but one of the papers were found in a storage space in the garage of Biden’s Wilmington residence, while one, a single page, was found in an adjacent room. Nothing was discovered at the beach house, Sauber said.
The White House lawyer recalled that these documents were found after he discovered a first batch at the Penn Biden Center think tank last November, the discovery of which was released this week.
Sauber reiterated that they are cooperating “fully” with the National Archives and the Department of Justice in the process to ensure that documents from the Obama and Biden Administration end up in the possession of the first institution.
This is the second disclosure of this type this week, although the reason for these searches, the content of the documents and who decided to send them to those places is unknown.
Yesterday, Wednesday, the White House spokeswoman, Karine Jean-Pierre, refused to answer questions from journalists about why the government had not informed before the discovery of the documents, which occurred a few days before the elections of November half term.
Jean-Pierre limited himself to saying that the matter is being investigated by the Department of Justice.
The White House already assured on Monday that it is collaborating with the investigation, and Biden himself acknowledged on Tuesday that he does not know what documents are involved or what they were doing in that office.
Although it bears few similarities, the case is reminiscent of the one that led the FBI to search the residence of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) in Mar-a-Lago (Florida) last August.
Unlike what has happened with the Biden documents, which were handed over to the authorities by the president’s own team, in Mar-a-Lago the intervention of the Department of Justice was necessary to recover the papers.
This story was originally published on January 11, 2023 7:04 p.m.
Source: El Nuevo Herald