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While many of us remain skeptical about the timing and scope of the investigation into President Biden’s classified documents scandal, more layers are being added daily.
According to a CBS News report, the Department of Justice is looking at conducting searches at additional locations after finding more classified material at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware over the weekend.
“Justice Department officials are also considering the possibility of conducting other consensual searches at locations linked to Mr. Biden, said the source familiar with the investigation,” the report said.
This “consensual search” was in agreement with the president’s lawyers and John Luasch, a U.S. Attorney and federal prosecutor overseeing the investigation.
The special counsel appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland, Robert Hur, is expected to begin his work at the end of the month.
President Biden’s personal attorney, Bob Bauer spoke about the search saying, the Justice Department “took possession of materials it deemed within the scope of its inquiry, including six items consisting of documents with classification markings and surrounding materials, some of which were from the President’s service in the Senate and some of which were from his tenure as Vice President.”
He added that investigators also “took for further review personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years.”
Richard Sauber, a White House attorney, said in a separate statement that the Justice Department “conducted a comprehensive search of the president’s Wilmington residence, and it concluded late Friday night.”
“Neither the President nor the First Lady were present during the search,” Sauber informed the public.
“FBI executed a planned, consensual search of the president’s residence in Wilmington,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Joe Fitzpatrick later told CBS News.
In speaking with reporters in California late last week, Biden said,
“We found a handful of documents were filed in the wrong place. We immediately turned them over to the Archives and the Justice Department.”
“We’re fully cooperating, looking forward to getting this resolved quickly. I think you’re gonna find there’s nothing there. I have no regrets. I’m following what the lawyers have told me they want me to do. That’s exactly what we’re doing. There’s no there there.”
Republican lawmakers, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan, and Representative James Comer of the House Oversight Committee issued a letter to U.S. AG Garland about the case of the classified documents.
“It is unclear when the Department first came to learn about the existence of these documents, and whether it actively concealed this information from the public on the eve of the 2022 elections,” the two lawmakers wrote.
“It is also unclear what interactions, if any, the Department had with President Biden or his representatives about his mishandling of classified material. The Department’s actions here appear to depart from how it acted in similar circumstances,” the letter continued, obviously referring to the way the DOJ handled the situation of the classified documents at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
Jordan reminded AG Garland that his committee is responsible for oversight of the potential violations of federal law pertaining to Biden’s possession of classified documents.
He added that he expects the DOF to cooperate with the Judiciary committee’s probe.