FBI searches Biden’s Rehoboth Beach home amid classified docs probe
President Joe Biden’s house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, was the subject of a “planned search” by the FBI on Wednesday, according to Biden’s legal counsel.
The DOJ is conducting a scheduled search of the President’s house in Rehoboth, Delaware, today with the President’s full cooperation and support, according to a recent statement from Bob Bauer, the president’s personal attorney.
“Under DOJ’s regular operating protocols, it requested to carry out this work without prior public notification in the interests of operational security and integrity, and we agreed to participate.
We will continue to fully assist and aid the DOJ process as it moves forward, and today’s search is another step in that process. At the end of the search today, we will have more details.
Robert Hur was anticipated to officially start his work this week, according to a person familiar with the probe, after Attorney General Merrick Garland named him as special counsel to look into any classified document mishandling last month.
The president’s attorneys have revealed that the DOJ conducted a second search on Wednesday. The first was the nearly 13-hour search of Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, home on January 20, which was made public on January 21.
Additional classified documents were discovered there after Biden’s attorneys had already conducted their own search of the residence in December and had discovered some classified items, according to the president’s lawyers.
The FBI searched the Penn Biden Center in mid-November, according to ABC, but Biden’s staff hasn’t responded.
While the contents of the numerous documents with discovered classified markings are still unknown, Richard Sauber, another attorney for Biden, stated in a statement in mid-January that “we are confident that a thorough review will show that these documents were accidentally misplaced, and the President and his lawyers acted promptly upon discovery of this mistake.”
Following the discovery of sensitive materials by Biden’s attorneys, the FBI last year raided his former office:
Sources Although reporters have questioned whether the White House is being completely honest on the topic, Biden has insisted he is cooperating fully with Justice Department investigators.
As news continues to emerge on the drama with the classified documents, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre has had difficulty answering questions from reporters at the podium before the White House has informed the public.
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After what the government has described as a months-long campaign to obtain former President Donald Trump to surrender all of the secret material he held after leaving office, classified materials were also retrieved from Trump’s house at Mar-a-Lago last summer during a court-authorized FBI search. Trump rejects any wrongdoing.
Former Vice President Mike Pence’s attorneys recently conducted their own search of his Indiana residence and allegedly discovered some secret documents that he had kept after leaving office and later turned over to the government.
Pence admitted that it was a “mistake” and that he was ignorant of the existence of the documents on Friday, but he accepted “full responsibility.”
While saying he was “surprised” that papers were discovered at the Penn Biden Center, Biden has mostly refrained from commenting on the sensitive materials discovered at his home and office.