Lawyers for President Joe Biden have reportedly found another set of government documents dating back to the Obama administration at a second location linked to the president, multiple news outlets have reported.
On Wednesday, NBC News was first to report that Mr. Biden’s legal team had discovered at least one document bearing classification marks in a location the president’s lawyers were looking for. CNN later reported that the discovery was made during follow-up research conducted following the discovery of about a dozen documents from Mr. Biden’s time as vice president of an office. think tank in Washington, D.C., which he periodically used while away from government service.
The follow-up search led his attorneys to find “additional material of interest to federal officials reviewing the case” from the initial document found, according to the broadcaster.
The report of even more Obama-era documents found in a location linked to the president came just after White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre refused to provide reporters with details regarding the discovery of documents bearing classified marks in a Washington, DC think tank office. previously used by President Joe Biden.
Ms. Jean-Pierre spent much of her daily press briefing on Wednesday answering questions from reporters, many of whom demanded to know why Mr. Biden had not publicly disclosed that his lawyers had uncovered a dozen documents flagged as bearing classification marks at the Penn Biden Center, where Mr. Biden was granted a position as part of an honorary professorship he held from 2018 to 2020.
“What I can tell you now is what the president … told all of you, which is that he was surprised by this. He really, really respects the process. here. And also when it comes to classified, he takes classified material very seriously,” she said. …and also what my fellow White House lawyers have shared.”
A White House attorney, special adviser to President Richard Sauber, said in a statement Monday that the documents were found Nov. 2 by Mr. Biden’s personal attorneys, who were packing the contents of an office assigned to Mr. Biden at the University of Pennsylvania. -the follow-up to an affiliated think tank in northwest Washington, which the then-vice president used “periodically” from 2017 until he announced his 2020 presidential campaign.
Mr. Sauber said Mr. Biden’s lawyers informed the National Archives of the discovery, with archivists taking possession of the documents at issue the next day.
“The discovery of these documents was made by the president’s lawyers. The documents have not been the subject of any prior request or investigation by the Archives. Since that discovery, the President’s personal attorneys have cooperated with the Archives and the Department of Justice in a process to ensure that all Obama-Biden administration records are properly in the possession of the Archives,” said he added.
Ms Jean-Pierre said she had not spoken with Mr Biden about the contents of the documents and pointed out to reporters that the Justice Department’s “review” of the documents and how they were in the former Mr. Biden’s office was still in process, and returned questions. whether the White House has asked the US intelligence community for a security or damage assessment to the office of the Director of National Intelligence.
“It’s literally being reviewed right now… as I speak to you, it’s being reviewed. So I won’t go beyond the process. I will not go beyond what the president has said,” she said. “My colleagues in the White House counsel presented very detailed information on Monday on … this particular problem, you all have it. I just won’t go beyond that.”
Republicans rushed to find the apparently classified documents in Mr. Biden’s former office and leveled accusations of hypocrisy against Mr. Biden, under whose direction the Justice Department is currently conducting a criminal investigation into his predecessor, Donald Trump, resulting from Mr. Trump’s hoarding. over hundreds of highly classified documents at his beach club in Palm Beach, Florida, and his alleged unlawful retention of those documents over Justice Department objections.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, who plans to run for president in 2024 against Mr Biden, said on a right-wing talk show on Tuesday that the report into the documents discovered at the Penn Biden Center was “incredibly frustrating”. and evidence of a “double standard”. citing the FBI’s search of Mr. Trump’s home and office on August 8 last year.
Mr. Pence described the court-authorized search as a “massive overreach” and suggested that the FBI should now search Mr. Biden’s homes, even though Mr. Biden’s lawyers immediately informed the government of the discovery of the document and that Mr. Trump spent 18 months resisting the government’s demand. that he return the documents he personally ordered brought to his property in Florida before the end of his term.
“What they unleashed now threatens to come back to them,” he said.
Pressed by Mr. Pence’s remarks, Ms. Jean-Pierre pointed to the difference between what Mr. Biden’s lawyers did and Mr. Trump’s refusal to return the documents he had kept, telling reporters that the President’s legal team “had done the right thing”.