Secret government documents from his time as Vice President have been discovered in the private office of US President Joe Biden. The White House said they found offices in November at the Ben Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, DC. The center is part of the University of Pennsylvania — Biden had an office there from 2017 to 2020 after leaving the office of vice president.
According to the White House, the documents have been turned over to the National Archives. The Department of Justice is now investigating the incident. According to CNN broadcast, there are about a dozen documents, including papers that have the highest level of confidentiality. Democrat Biden served as Vice President under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017.
It is still not clear what the content of the documents is. According to the White House, they were stored in a locked safe along with personal documents. A Biden aide, Richard Sauber, reported that they were spotted while the president’s personal lawyers were moving files from the safe to offload the university’s office.
The discovery of the documents comes as the US Department of Justice has already appointed a special representative to investigate Deal with classified documents by former President Donald Trump You must study. During a search of his property in Mar-a-Lago, Florida in August, FBI investigators found dozens of classified files. Some had the highest level of secrecy. Trump could have put himself on trial. It is not yet clear if he will eventually be charged.
Trump seizes the opportunity to retaliate
Trump dismisses it as a “political witch hunt.” On the other hand, Biden called his handling of the documents, which also reportedly contain material on foreign heads of state and nuclear capabilities, “completely irresponsible.” Now Trump is seizing the opportunity to retaliate. On Monday evening (local time) he wrote on Truth Social: “When will the FBI search Joe Biden’s many apartments, maybe even the White House?”
This confirms that the classified files have been found – that the case is very different from that of Trump, which has been accompanied by a long dispute with the National Archives, which manages the documents of former presidents. This tried for months to get papers out of Trump’s state. His lawyers eventually turned over the documents. However, officials suspected that Trump or his team continued to withhold documents, which is not permitted. This is how he got his start in Mar-a-Lago.
At the time, the search warrant listed three criminal offenses as possible grounds for possible seizure: collection, transmission, or loss of defense information, removal or destruction of official documents, and destruction or alteration of documents to obstruct investigations. Trump later repeatedly argued that he himself declassified the documents.
In the case of Biden, Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed Trump-appointed US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, John Lauch, to review Biden’s handling of about 10 documents, CBS News reported. “The documents have not been the subject of any previous investigation or investigation into the archives,” said Sauber, a Biden adviser. Since their discovery, the president’s attorneys have also worked with the archives and the Department of Justice to ensure that all records of the Obama/Biden administration are properly housed in the archives.