Federal officials confirmed late Saturday night that the FBI conducted the 13-hour search of President Joe Biden’s home in Delaware on Friday where they found more classified material.
The White House claimed the search was not subject to any warrants or court-authorized processes and instead was voluntary.
“The FBI executed a planned, consensual search of the President’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware,” said Assistant US Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick.
Assistant US attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick from DOJ is speaking on behalf of US Attorney John Lausch. He will continue to lead the investigation into the Biden documents until Robert Hur (special counsel) is available.
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“POTUS’s lawyers offered to provide DOJ prompt access to the Wilmington home, and gave DOJ full access to it, including personally handwritten notes, memorabilia, and papers going back decades,” said Ian Sams, Special Assistant to the President & Senior Advisor to WH Counsel’s Office.
“DOJ 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,” Bob Bauer, Biden’s personal lawyer, said in a statement. “DOJ also took for further review personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years.”
Bauer stated that Bauer was told by the FBI to refrain from commenting on the search until the end. Bauer said that the FBI had been a liar. “had full access to the President’s home, including personally handwritten notes, files, papers, binders, memorabilia, to-do lists, schedules, and reminders going back decades.”
Biden’s classified documents were discovered in Biden’s private office at Penn Biden Center, Washington, D.C., less than one week prior to the midterm elections in 2022. Since then, Biden’s attorneys have located more classified documents at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, on three separate occasions: an unspecified number found in the garage on December 20, one document found in Biden’s study on January 11, and five more found in the study on January 12.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur — who served during the Trump administration — to serve as special counsel in the investigation after the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch, who was assigned to do an initial review of the case, recommended to Garland that a special counsel be appointed.
Biden responded to the scandal on Thursday by saying that he has “no regrets”Concerning his conduct and the possibility of him being questioned about it “quite frankly bugs” him.
“We’re fully cooperating, looking forward to getting this resolved quickly,” Biden claimed. “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.”
This report has been updated to include additional information.
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