Justice Department Seizes Additional Documents In Search Of Joe Biden’s Wilmington Home

A Justice Department search of President Joe Biden’s Wilmington home resulted in the seizure of six items with classified markings, some of which were from his time in the Senate and some of which were from his tenure as vice president.

In a statement, Biden’s personal attorney Bob Bauer said that the DOJ took possession of handwritten notes by Biden “for further review.”

Bauer said that the Justice Department conducted the search on Friday from 9:45 AM to 10:30 PM and it “covered all working, living and storage spaces” in the some. By agreement with the DOJ, representatives from Biden’s personal legal team and the White House counsel’s office were present.

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Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel earlier this month, shortly after Biden’s representatives revealed that they had turned up additional documents with classified markings in the garage at the Wilmington home.

Ever since CBS News broke the story that classified documents were discovered last November at the Penn Biden Center, which served as Biden’s personal office after he left the vice presidency, White House reporters have pressed Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre over key details, the timeline of events, and why more information was not disclosed earlier. She has repeatedly told journalists that she is limited in what she can say because of an ongoing investigation.

Yet the unanswered questions, coupled with the drip, drip, drip nature of the discovery of additional documents, has created political fallout for Biden, especially as he weighs whether to run for another term.

In his statement, Bauer defended how information has been disclosed, suggesting that Biden and his legal team have deferred to the DOJ. In the latest case, the DOJ “requested that the search not be made public in advance, in accordance with its standard procedures, and we agreed to cooperate,” he said.

Bauer said that the president’s lawyers offered to provide “prompt access” to the Wilmington home “allow DOJ to conduct a search of the entire premises for potential vice presidential records and potential classified material.”

The latest discovery of documents raises additional questions of why earlier searches of the Biden residence, by the president’s legal team, did not turn up the materials, and where specifically they were found.

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