Additional Documents Marked as Classified Found at Biden's Delaware Residence
Category: News & PoliticsVia: vic-eldred • 2 weeks ago • 56 comments
By: Sabrina Siddiqui (WSJ)
Additional pages marked as classified were found at President Biden's Wilmington, Del., residence and have been given to the Justice Department, the White House counsel said Saturday, the latest revelation over the handling of classified information that has emerged this week.
The documents were discovered after Mr. Biden's attorneys said earlier that some classified material, likely dating from his time as vice president, had been found in his garage at the residence in December.
One document marked as classified also was found at his residence earlier this week, the White House had said. In addition, documents marked as classified were found at his office at a Washington think tank in November.
In a statement Saturday, Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president, said he accompanied Justice Department officials to Wilmington on Thursday to retrieve the initial document from the residence—and during that process “five additional pages with classification markings” were found among the material, bringing the total to six pages discovered this week.
All material was immediately taken into possession by the Justice Department, Mr. Sauber said. The Justice Department declined to comment Saturday.
The revelations come after Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Robert Hur, a former U.S. attorney during the Trump administration, as special counsel to examine why classified documents were found at both Mr. Biden’s home and the office he used at the think tank.
Aides had found documents with classified markings at the think tank, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, on Nov. 2, and turned them over to the National Archives.
Mr. Biden’s team has said the material was inadvertently misplaced.
House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York said Saturday on Twitter, “House Republicans will hold Joe Biden ’s DOJ & FBI accountable for their double standard of justice and uncover the TRUTH about why Biden has been allowed to be so irresponsible with classified documents for so long.”
Some current and former aides have said then-Vice President Biden’s departure from the White House in January 2017 was marked by a rush to pack up documents and other belongings amid an intense stretch of domestic and international travel and a series of official events.
Mr. Bauer said the president’s personal attorneys conducted searches of Mr. Biden’s residences after the records from the Obama administration were found at the Penn Biden Center.
Because they don’t have security clearances, Mr. Biden’s attorneys notified the government when a document with classified markings was found and cleared the area. As a result, he said, “the President’s personal attorneys don’t know the precise number of pages in the discovered material, nor have they reviewed the content of the documents, consistent with standard procedures and requirements.”
The Biden administration has faced criticism for not disclosing the initial discovery when it happened in November—or when further documents were discovered in December. The White House confirmed news reports about the initial discoveries earlier this week and said it was being transparent, but repeatedly declined to offer specifics.
Revelations about additional documents found, and the appointment of a special counsel, have distracted from the White House’s efforts to highlight declining inflation and Mr. Biden’s legislative agenda.
The Republican chairman of the House Oversight and Accountability Committee, Rep. James Comer (R., Ky.), sent a letter to the White House on Friday, saying his panel was investigating “Mr. Biden’s pattern of mishandling classified materials” and requesting the retrieved documents and a list of locations that were searched.
Daniella Cheslow and C. Ryan Barber contributed to this article.