The Justice Department found more classified items in the search of Biden’s home

WASHINGTON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – A new search of President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware on Friday by the U.S. Justice Department turned up six more items, including classified documents, a lawyer for the president said in a statement on Saturday evening .

Some of the classified documents and “supporting materials” date back to Biden’s term in the U.S. Senate, where he represented Delaware from 1973 to 2009, according to his attorney, Bob Bauer. Other documents are from his tenure as vice president in the Obama administration from 2009 to 2017, Bauer said.

The Justice Department, which conducted a search that lasted more than 12 hours, also took some notes that Biden had personally handwritten as vice president, according to the lawyer.

The president offered access “to his home to allow the Department of Justice to conduct a search of the entire premises for potential vice presidential records and potential classified material,” Bauer said.

Neither Biden nor his wife were present during the search, the attorney said. Biden is in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, for the weekend.

Justice Department investigators coordinated the search with Biden’s lawyers in advance, Bauer said, and the president’s personal lawyers and White House lawyers were present at the time.

Other classified government documents were discovered this month at Biden’s Wilmington residence and in November at a private office he maintained at a Washington, D.C., think tank after he ended his term as vice president in the Obama administration in 2017.

Bauer did not specify in his statement Saturday where in the Wilmington home the documents were found. The previously classified documents were found in the home’s garage and in a nearby storage room.

The search shows that federal investigators are quickly moving forward with their investigation into classified documents found on Biden. This month, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate the matter.

Special counsel Robert Hurr, who was appointed during the trial, is investigating how the president and his team handled classified Obama-era documents that were recently discovered in Biden’s personal possession.

Biden’s lawyers have released all the documents discovered before Friday’s search by the DOJ, according to the White House. The latest search was the first time federal law enforcement authorities searched Biden’s personal addresses for government documents, according to information made public.

Republicans have compared the investigation to the ongoing investigation into how former President Donald Trump handled classified documents after his presidency. The White House noted that Biden’s team cooperated with authorities in their investigation and turned over those documents. Trump resisted this until the FBI’s August search of his Florida resort.

The search has escalated the legal and political stakes for the president, who has insisted that the previous discovery of classified material at his home and former office will ultimately be deemed insignificant.

Biden said Thursday he has “no regrets” about not publicly disclosing the discovery of classified documents in his former office before the midterm elections and believes the matter will be resolved.

“It’s not there, there,” Biden told reporters on a trip to California on Thursday.

After the revelation of the Biden documents, Trump complained that Justice Department investigators were treating his successor differently.

“When is the FBI going to raid Joe Biden’s many homes, maybe even the White House?” Trump said in a social media post earlier this month.

Reporting by Nandita Bowes, Matt Spetalnik, Steve Holland and Joel Schechtman Editing by Nick Zieminski and David Gregorio

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