President Joe Biden's response that he was "surprised" at the discovery of classified documents in his University of Pennsylvania office is not holding up, according to a new report.
The documents were moved at least twice, and were known prior to the 2022 midterms and before the FBI raided former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) January 12, 2023
"Garland was presumably briefed that classified documents were discovered in Joe Biden’s old office on Nov. 2. He also presumably knew about the Biden documents when he appointed a special counsel to investigate the classified documents at Mar-a-Lago 16 days later," the New York Post reported.
"At the time of the appointment of Jack Smith, some of us noted the inexplicable refusal of Garland to appoint a special counsel to look into alleged Biden influence peddling and other crimes," it added.
— New York Post (@nypost) January 10, 2023
"CNN reported that 10 documents with classified markings and dated between 2013 and 2016 were found mixed in with Biden family papers — including information about the funeral arrangements for the president’s late son, Beau, who died in 2015. Some of the documents were reportedly labeled 'top secret,' the highest level of government classification," a separate report noted.
"The three-year time frame covers major events that took place during the Obama administration — including the Iran nuclear deal of 2015, the Maidan Revolution that overthrew then-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and Russia’s subsequent invasion and annexation of Crimea in February of 2014," it added.
🚨BREAKING: Biden aides find second batch of classified documents at new location https://t.co/SVZ4PRfUyk
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 11, 2023
A second batch of classified Biden documents has also reportedly been found at another location, adding to concerns regarding the president's handling of top-secret materials.
"Aides to President Joe Biden have discovered at least one additional batch of classified documents in a location separate from the Washington office he used after leaving the Obama administration, according to a person familiar with the matter," NBC News reported on Wednesday.
The details continue to reveal that Biden was aware of the classified documents and had known about them for some time.
The investigation of the documents needed to determine what was included and what harm the materials could have for the nation.
In contrast with Trump, Biden was vice president at the time and did not have the authority to declassify documents, leaving him in a more difficult situation over the documents.