Biden Docs: The White House requested an FBI search that uncovered the latest batch of classified documents

Biden Docs: The White House requested an FBI search that uncovered the latest batch of classified documents

White House lawyers reportedly requested the FBI search which discovered a fourth batch of misplaced classified documents inside President Biden’s private residence on Friday.

Justice Department officials had previously stated that the 13-hour search of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, was “consensual,” but it was unclear which party had initiated it. It now appears the White House requested the search of its own free will, NBC News reported, citing White House sources.

Friday’s batch of documents was the fourth found since November and the third inside Biden’s Wilmington home.

“On January 20, 2023, the FBI executed a planned consensual search of the President’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware,” Joseph D. Fitzpatrick, Assistant US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch, told Fox News. Saturday.

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A general view of the gate in the driveway leading to President Joe Biden's home in Wilmington, Delaware, Thursday, January 12, 2023.

A general view of the gate in the driveway leading to President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, Thursday, January 12, 2023.
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President Biden listens to a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on January 19, 2022.

President Biden listens to a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on January 19, 2022.
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The FBI and other Justice Department personnel arrived at Biden’s home at 9:45 a.m. and searched the home for approximately 12 hours, leaving at 10:30 p.m. Lausch coordinated the effort. He maintains a leading role in the investigation as special counsel Robert Hur catches up.

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Biden’s attorney, Bob Bauer, reiterated Saturday that the president and his administration were cooperating fully with the Justice Department investigation.

“Early in the beginning of this matter, the president directed his personal attorneys to fully cooperate with the Department of Justice,” Bauer said. “Accordingly, having previously identified and reported to DOJ a small number of documents with classification marks at the President’s home in Wilmington.

“In the interest of moving the process forward as expeditiously as possible, we offered to provide expedited access to your home to allow the Department of Justice to conduct a facility-wide search for potential vice presidential records and potential classified material,” it added. .

United States Attorney Robert Hur arrives at the US District Court in Baltimore on November 21, 2019. Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed Hur as special counsel to investigate the presence of classified branded documents found at the President's home. Joe Biden and in an office in Washington.

United States Attorney Robert Hur arrives at the US District Court in Baltimore on November 21, 2019. Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed Hur as special counsel to investigate the presence of classified branded documents found at the President’s home. Joe Biden and in an office in Washington.
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US Attorney John Lausch

US Attorney John Lausch

The DOJ search resulted in the seizure of six items with classification marks. While previous batches of classified documents date from Biden’s time as vice president, this fourth batch comes from his time in the Senate.

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It is not clear where in the house the documents were found. The previous hideouts were located in Biden’s garage.

Brooke Singman and Patrick Ward of Fox News contributed to this report.

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