President Joe Biden’s team has uncovered an additional set of classified documents, distinct from those found earlier this week in the Washington, DC office.
According to NBC News, an anonymous source has revealed that aides have been actively searching for any additional classified documents since the initial discovery of a batch of documents in November, prior to the midterm elections. The source requested to remain anonymous.
CBS News first reported that the classified documents were recently discovered in an office used by Vice President Biden during his tenure.
Additionally, CNN reports that a source familiar with the situation stated that the found documents are U.S. intelligence briefings and memos covering topics such as Ukraine, Iran, and the United Kingdom, and they were dated between 2013 and 2016.
On Monday, former President Donald Trump questioned when the FBI would take action by raiding the properties of Joe Biden, including the White House, in light of the recent revelation that Biden had retained classified documents from his tenure as Vice President within the office of his think tank.
Trump went onto Truth Social to ask, “When is the FBI going to raid the many homes of Joe Biden, perhaps even the White House? These documents were definitely not declassified.”
Just weeks prior on August 8th, the FBI conducted a raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence to investigate allegations of mishandling classified documents. Over 30 federal agents participated in the raid, seizing more than 20 boxes of materials from the former president’s residence. It was later reported that the Department of Justice had launched the raid based on suspicion that Trump and his team had not returned all government property documents as required by the Presidential Records Act.
Despite President Joe Biden’s claim that he was unaware of the existence of certain documents found at his previous office and only became aware of them when informed by his lawyers, Republicans are calling for him to face similar consequences as former President Donald Trump did when classified documents were discovered at his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.
As President Biden gears up for a crucial summit with leaders of nations neighboring the U.S., he and his team are facing a series of complex new challenges in the wake of recent developments.
Meanwhile, Republican members of the House of Representatives are taking advantage of their newly acquired investigative capabilities to target the President’s administration and the Democratic party at large.
The Democrat party has stated that the handling of the matter by Biden’s team, the National Archives, and the Department of Justice (D.O.J) should inspire confidence in the process.
The National Archives promptly referred the matter to the D.O.J, as it has done in the past when classified documents were discovered among the files of previous presidents. The D.O.J. also acted swiftly to appoint an attorney to thoroughly investigate the matter.
This is a developing story.