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Ian Sams, a spokesman for the White House Counsel’s Office, said in a statement that “like every president throughout the decades of modern history, his private residence is private. But after taking office, President Biden restored the norm and tradition of keeping White House visitor logs, including their regular publication, after the previous administration discontinued them.
Biden’s lawyers first discovered a “small number” of classified documents in November at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, a Washington institute where Biden had an office after serving as vice president. The president’s lawyers then searched his private residences in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, and found the additional six documents this month at the Wilmington home.
The discovery of classified documents has created a political headache for Biden, who said he was “surprised” by the revelations and stressed that he and his aides are cooperating fully with the Justice Department’s investigation. He also sought to single out former President Donald Trump, who ignored repeated government requests to return all classified documents remaining in his possession after he left the White House, prompting a court-approved FBI search of his Mar-a- Lago Club and residence in Palm Beach, Florida last year.
Authorities say The FBI recovered more than 300 classified documents and thousands of unclassified government materials from Mar-a-Lago. Agents discovered many of those documents after Trump’s team assured federal investigators they had turned over everything they could find.
Biden’s team says he voluntarily notified authorities upon discovery of classified documents.
In Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate the handling of classified documents found in Biden’s former office and residence in Wilmington. Garland knocked Robert K. How, a senior Justice Department official during the Trump administration, to lead the investigation. Herr’s appointment came after Garland appointed another special counsel, Jack Smith, to replace him in November lead a separate probe in the retention of classified documents at Trump’s residence.
Republicans, who have sought to downplay Trump’s handling of classified documents, hit out at Biden with the recent revelations.
“President Biden’s mishandling of classified material raises the question of whether he has endangered our national security,” Comer wrote in his letter to the White House. “Without a list of individuals who visited his residence, the American people will never know who had access to these highly sensitive documents.”
On Saturday, Bob Bauer, the president’s personal lawyer, released a public timeline of events surrounding the discovery of classified documents in Biden’s private office and Wilmington home in an effort to demonstrate cooperation with the Justice Department’s investigation.
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