According to Breitbart, the Justice Department is reportedly considering conducting searches for inappropriately stored classified materials in an unknown number of locations linked to President Joe Biden.
That news comes in the wake of a nearly 13-hour FBI-led search of the president’s Wilmington, Delaware home on Friday that found at least six more “items” containing documents marked as classified that were stored without authorization at the residence.
It also exposes the lack of transparency from Biden’s White House and his team of personal attorneys. It also particularly undermines the prior assertions from them that thorough searches of all Biden-linked locations had already been completed.
Search may broaden following additional discoveries
CBS News reported Monday that an unnamed source described as “familiar with the investigation” revealed that DOJ officials were giving consideration to conducting more searches of President Biden-linked locations to determine if any additional classified materials had been improperly stored in violation of the laws on the handling and storage of such materials.
Such additional searches would be “consensual” and part of an agreement with Biden’s team of personal attorneys, as the FBI’s Friday search of the Wilmington residence was said to be.
In that search on Friday, according to Biden attorney Bob Bauer, the 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.”
Additionally, the lawyer revealed that the FBI “took for further review personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years” of Biden’s lifelong political career.
According to the president’s chief White House attorney, Richard Sauber, neither the president nor the first lady were present at the Wilmington home when the FBI’s “comprehensive search” of the property — within the outlines of pre-established parameters — was commenced early Friday morning and concluded later that evening.
A timeline of discoveries
President Biden, his White House, and his team of personal attorneys have repeatedly insisted that they have been fully forthcoming and transparent with the American people about the continuously developing classified documents scandal, but a timeline of events compiled by Fox News tells a markedly different story.
Classified documents from the Obama-Biden administration that should have been stored at the National Archives were discovered by Biden’s attorneys on Nov. 2, 2022, at his former office at the Penn Biden Center think tank in Washington D.C., after which the National Archives and DOJ were notified and an investigation was quietly commenced without any public notice.
Biden’s lawyers then found a stash of classified documents stored in the garage of the Wilmington home on Dec. 20, 2022, and, again, while the DOJ was notified, the American people were not.
In fact, it wasn’t until Jan. 9 that the public learned of the developing scandal when media reports based on anonymous leaks began to be published, after which even more classified records were found in the Wilmington residence on Jan. 11-12 and 20 — despite assertions from the president’s people that thorough searches had been completed and all unauthorized materials had been located and turned over.
Where is the promised transparency?
There is a multitude of unanswered questions in relation to President Biden’s classified documents scandal, but good luck getting a satisfactory result, as all of the key players in this saga — from the White House and Biden’s attorneys to the DOJ and National Archives — have been remarkably tight-lipped in sharing any pertinent information.
For what it is worth, a special counsel has been appointed to lead the investigation, former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur, but according to CBS News, he isn’t expected to take over the already ongoing and seemingly expanding probe from U.S. Attorney John Lausch until the end of the month.