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A second set of documents was found at Biden’s home in Delaware, the White House said


WASHINGTON — A second set of classified documents from President Biden’s time as vice president were found in a storage room in the garage of his home in Wilmington, Delaware, a top White House lawyer said Thursday.

The Times reported on Wednesday that this second set of documents was found at a location “associated” with Mr. Biden. On Thursday, the White House statement offered more details, specifying that the location is his private residence where he often spends weekends.

The White House statement, made by Richard Sauber, a special adviser to Mr. Biden, did not answer basic questions about the contents of the documents, who packaged them and whether anyone had access to them after he left office. It also does not say when the second batch was found.

The statement came after the White House acknowledged this week that an earlier batch had been discovered on November 2 in a closet of a think tank office that Mr. Biden has used since leaving the vice presidency.

The statement added that Biden’s team immediately notified the Department of Justice and arranged for it to obtain possession of the documents.

Mr. Sauber said Mr. Biden’s team also searched a house owned by the president in Rehoboth Beach, Del., but found no documents stored there.

On Tuesday, Mr. Biden told reporters in Mexico City that he was “surprised” to learn in the fall that his lawyers were secret government documents found in his former office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.

He said his officials cooperated fully with the National Archives and the Department of Justice, but did not mention the documents later found in Delaware.

Mr. Biden’s lawyers discovered a “small number” of classified documents in his former office at a Washington think tank last fall, the White House said on Monday, prompting the Justice Department to investigate the situation to determine how to proceed.

According to two people familiar with the matter, the probe is intended to help Attorney General Merrick B. Garland decide whether to appoint a special counsel, like the one investigating former President Donald J. Trump and the refusal to return them all.

The first batch of documents found in Mr. Biden’s former office were discovered by his personal lawyers in November when they were packing files in the Washington office, according to the White House.

Officials did not describe exactly how many documents were included, what kind of information they included or their classification level. Lawyers for Mr. Biden did not provide details about the contents of the material found in the new batch.


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