President Joe Biden’s attorneys have attested to the fact that a number of classified US government documents were found at the former’s private office (from when he was the Vice President) in the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington DC.
CNN reports that the investigation into the matter has been assigned to a Chicago-based US attorney by Attorney General Merrick Garland. The Associated Press has reported that the attorney in question is U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch.
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Special counsel to the president Richard Sauber said “a small number of documents with classified markings” were discovered as Biden’s personal attorneys were clearing out the offices of the Penn Biden Center, where the president kept an office after he left the vice presidency in 2017 until shortly before he launched his 2020 presidential campaign in 2019. The documents were found on Nov. 2, 2022.
Sauber said the attorneys immediately alerted the White House Counsel’s office, who notified the National Archives and Records Administration — which took custody of the documents the next day.
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Sauber further added, “Since that discovery, the President’s personal attorneys have cooperated with the Archives and the Department of Justice in a process to ensure that any Obama-Biden Administration records are appropriately in the possession of the Archives”.
He continued, “The documents were not the subject of any previous request or inquiry 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 any Obama-Biden Administration records are appropriately in the possession of the Archives.”
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Some of the classified files that were discovered in Biden’s office had the tag “sensitive compartmented information” on them, which is generally reserved for top-secret material.