The White House announced on Monday that the Justice Department is investigating a collection of possibly sensitive papers discovered in the former institute of President Joe Biden’s office in Washington.
“A small number of documents with classified markings,” according to special counsel to the president Richard Sauber, were found as Biden’s private attorneys were cleaning out the offices of the Penn Biden Center, where the president maintained an office from the time he left his vice presidency in 2017 until just before he started his 2020 presidential campaign in 2019. On November 2, 2022, the records were discovered in a “closed cupboard” at the workplace, according to Sauber.
The National Archives and Records Administration, which acquired ownership of the records the following day, was informed right away, according to Sauber, by the lawyers.
“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,” Sauber said.
Attorney General Merrick Garland requested U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch to evaluate the case after the Archives forwarded the matter to the department, according to a person with knowledge of the situation but who is not authorized to speak publicly about it. Lausch is one of the few remaining US attorneys from the tenure of former President Donald Trump.
Irrespective of the Justice Department review, the revelation that Biden potentially mishandled classified or presidential records could prove to be a political headache for the president, who called Trump’s decision to keep hundreds of such records at his private club in Florida “irresponsible.”
“When is the FBI going to raid the many homes of Joe Biden, perhaps even the White House?”, Trump questioned on his social media platform Truth on Monday.
Republicans have won control of the House of Representatives and have vowed to start extensive investigations into Biden’s administration as a result of the news.
Additionally, it may make the Justice Department’s decision on whether to charge Trump more difficult. Trump has declared his intention to run again for president in 2024 and has frequently said that the department’s investigation of his actions amounted to “corruption.”
The disclosure sparked concerns about the Justice Department’s handling of the Trump investigation, according to Rep. James Comer, the incoming Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee, who made the statement on Monday.
“Is the White House going to be raided tonight? Are they going to raid the Bidens?” he asked reporters. “This is further concern that there’s a two-tier justice system within the DOJ with how they treat Republicans versus Democrats, certainly how they treat the former president versus the current president.”
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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, chair of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, said Monday that the American public deserved to know earlier about the revelation of classified documents.
“They knew about this a week before the election, maybe the American people should have known that,” Jordan told reporters. “They certainly knew about the the raid on Mar-a-Lago 91 days before this election, but nice if on November 2, the country would have known that there were classified documents at the Biden Center.” CONTINUE READING…