Joe Biden and White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre might be well advised to start answering every question with a simple “no comment.” As both struggled last week to handle press inquiries into Biden’s classified document mishandling scandal, reports broke on Saturday that even more have been found in the president’s private Delaware residence.
Biden’s attorneys announced on Saturday that a third batch of classified documents had turned up at his house in Wilmington. Attorney Richard Sauber said five more pages bearing classification markings were found there on Thursday evening.
Sauber said that when a single classified document was found at the Biden house on Wednesday, the president’s lawyers “immediately stopped” their search to alert federal officials. He said they terminated their search because they do not hold federal security clearances.
Sauber added that since he does have a security clearance, he traveled to Wilmington on Thursday to facilitate turning the document over to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
He said, “While I was transferring it to the DOJ officials who accompanied me, five additional pages with classification markings were discovered among the material with it, for a total of six pages.”
The Wilmington documents were discovered after a batch of classified material was found inside the Penn Biden Center think tank in Washington, D.C.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur as special counsel to investigate Biden’s apparent mishandling of classified material. Garland has not ordered an FBI raid of Biden’s property, however.
Garland did direct the FBI to execute a search and seizure operation at the Florida residence of President Donald Trump. That raid netted around 300 documents alleged to have classified markings.
At that time, Biden derisively referred to President Trump as “irresponsible” regarding his handling of documents.
The public first learned of how Biden’s remarks were hypocritical last Monday, when the White House first revealed the discovery of the Penn Biden Center documents that occurred on November 2, 2022, just before Election Day.
The White House claims that Biden’s personal lawyers discovered the classified documents when packing up files at his office there. No reason has been given why Biden hired his personal attorneys to handle packing and moving work for him.
House Republicans have said they will conduct a separate investigation of the Biden mishandling. Judiciary Committee Chair Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Mike Johnson (R-LA) wrote to Garland on Friday advising him of their investigation.
They wrote: “On January 12, 2023, you appointed Robert Hur as Special Counsel to investigate these matters. The circumstances of this appointment raise fundamental oversight questions that the Committee routinely examines. We expect your complete cooperation with our inquiry.”