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The prosecutor General Merrick Garland has asked the Chicago prosecutor to evaluate the classified documents that were discovered at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington and are considered confidential. According to sources, the approximately ten documents come from Biden’s vice-presidential office. The FBI is also participating in the prosecutor’s investigation, he has learned. CBS News.
The Penn Biden Center is a think tank associated with the University of Pennsylvania and named after the current president. It is located in Washington, DC, approximately one mile from the White House.
Before the midterm elections, on November 2, Biden’s personal lawyers discovered the data, according to Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president. Sauber said in a statement to CBS News that the records were found when Mr. Biden’s private attorneys were packing up files kept in a locked cabinet to prepare for the evacuation of office space at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, DC.
The sources also claimed that the files were kept in a folder that was in a box along with other unclassified materials. Neither the content of the documents nor their degree of classification were revealed.
Garland charged John Lausch, the attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, with the task of determining how the documents labeled as classified got to the Penn Biden Center. The evaluation is considered a first step, with the attorney general deciding whether further investigation is required, perhaps even the hiring of special counsel.
The Illinois official is one of only two active federal prosecutors from the Trump administration to remain in office. He was appointed to the position by the previous president. The other is Delaware US Attorney David Weiss, who is in charge of the investigation into President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.
Lausch has recently briefed Garland and will provide a final report. The evaluation is expected to be completed shortly.
All presidential and vice-presidential documents must be turned over to the National Archives in accordance with the Presidential Archives Act. To protect sensitive information, certain processes are in place.
When his attorney disclosed the existence of the records to the attorney’s office of the White House in November, President Biden learned of its existence. According to the sources, the president and his team said they did not know its content. The records are said to be currently being held in a secure location in Washington.