More documents marked as classified found at Biden’s home, White House says

More documents marked as classified found at Biden’s home, White House says

More documents marked as classified found at Biden’s home, White House says

President Joe Biden’s lawyers found more documents marked as classified to his house in Wilmington, Delawareas previously known, the White House acknowledged in a statement Saturday.

White House lawyer Richard Sauber said in a statement that a total of six pages of documents marked as classified were found during a search of Mr Biden’s private library. The White House had previously said only one page was found there.

Latest disclosure adds to discovery of documents found in December in Mr. Biden’s garage and in November in its former offices in the Penn Biden Center in Washington, since he was vice-president. The apparent mishandling of classified and official Obama administration documents is being investigated by a former US attorney, Robert Hurwas appointed special adviser Thursday by Attorney General Merrick Garland.

Sauber said in a statement Saturday that Mr. Biden’s personal attorneys, who did not have security clearances, stopped their search after finding the front page Wednesday night. Sauber found the remaining material Thursday, while facilitating their recovery by the Justice Department.

“While I was transferring it to the DOJ officials accompanying me, five additional pages with classification marks were discovered among the material with, for a total of six pages,” Sauber said. “DOJ officials with me immediately took possession of it.”

Sauber previously said the White House was “confident that a thorough review will show that these documents were inadvertently misplaced, and the president and his attorneys acted quickly upon discovery of this error.”

He reiterated on Saturday that the White House would cooperate with Hur’s investigation.

The Department of Justice historically sets a high legal bar before bringing criminal charges in cases involving the mishandling of classified information, with the requirement that someone intends to break the law instead of simply being negligent or negligent in doing so. The primary law governing the unlawful removal and retention of classified documents makes it a crime to “knowingly” remove classified documents and store them in an unauthorized manner.

The circumstances involving Mr. Biden, at least as they are known so far, differ from a separate investigation into the mishandling of classified documents at former President Donald Trump’s private club and residence in Florida.

In Trump’s case, the special counsel Jack Smith investigating whether anyone sought to obstruct their investigation into the retention of documents marked as classified at the Palm Beach estate. Justice Department officials say Trump’s representatives failed to fully comply with a subpoena requesting the return of classified documents, prompting officers to return to the home with a search warrant so they could collect additional documents. .

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