The number of secret documents found in President Joe Biden’s possession continues to rise, with some records dating back to Biden’s time as vice president and senator. The relevant materials originate from a time when Biden was not president and consequently lacked declassification authority. In the case of the records possessed by former President Trump, he has said on many occasions that he declassified them before leaving office.
Mid-November, FBI officers conducted a search of the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C., after Biden’s personal attorneys discovered certain secret documents there on November 2. Additional classified materials were subsequently discovered in the garage of Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, house, hidden in cardboard boxes on the garage floor.
CBS News reported that the Department of Justice indicated in mid-January that officials were contemplating examining further places for secret records after discovering sensitive materials in the garage. “Justice Department officials are also considering the possibility of conducting other consensual searches at locations linked to Mr. Biden, said the source familiar with the investigation,” the report said.
“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. DOJ also took for further review personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years,” said an attorney for Biden at the time.
The search for any and all secret materials in Biden’s hands outside of the White House continues. The search has been expanded, and additional records have been discovered in the office of one of Biden’s attorneys in another state.
Nine document-filled boxes were confiscated by federal investigators from the office of a lawyer representing Vice President Joseph Biden, according to a report released late Wednesday. Fox News noted exclusively that the documents were removed from “Biden’s attorney Patrick Moore’s Boston office, but have yet to be reviewed, the National Archives disclosed in a response letter to Sens. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, this week.”
Previous to this, The Archives had not disclosed how many boxes were removed from Boston. Fox News said that Moore had previously been alleged to have carried boxes containing information from the Penn Biden Center to his office in Boston before discovering the initial batch of secret data at the think tank in Washington, D.C.
In a letter dated February 24, Acting United States Archivist Debra Steidel Wall responded to Johnson and Grassley’s questions on the archives’ knowledge of when and how the materials were transported to Boston. She added that the CIA learned of it on November 3, 2022, the news source reported. “When NARA [National Archives and Records Administration] contacted President Biden’s personal counsel on November 3, 2022, to arrange to pick up boxes from the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C., they informed NARA that Mr. Moore had moved other boxes from the Penn Biden Center to Mr. Moore’s law firm in Boston,” the letter said, according to the report.
In addition, The Archives told the Office of Inspector General of the Department of Justice on November 4 that the records had been moved. The records were collected and secured on November 9 at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, according to the report. Wall stated, “NARA staff retrieved nine boxes from Mr. Moore’s Boston office,” which had not been previously publicized.
Fox News reported that although The Archives has had the documents since November, they have not yet analyzed the boxes’ contents to see if they include any further classified items. “NARA has not reviewed the contents of the boxes found at Mr. Moore’s Boston office,” Wall said in the letter, which was dated Tuesday, Conservative Brief reports. CONTINUE READING…
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