five new pages of confidential documents discovered at Joe Biden

Confidential documents, dating from the vice-presidency of Joe Biden at the White House, were found in his private residence in Wilmington (Delaware).

Aides to US President Joe Biden found five additional pages of classified documents at his personal residence in Wilmington, Delaware, the White House announced on Saturday. An additional twist in a very delicate matter for the American president.

These documents, which date from the vice-presidency of Joe Biden, from 2009 to 2017, were found in a room adjacent to the garage, after the arrival Thursday evening of the lawyer of the presidency Richard Sauber, specifies the latter in a press release .

Documents dating from 2009 to 2017

He indicates that he went to this opulent residence in Wilmington (Delaware, east) to supervise the transmission to justice of a first set of confidential documents, found on the spot on Wednesday.

Not having the necessary authorizations to consult this kind of documents, these lawyers did not push their research further and warned the Ministry of Justice, specifies the council of the White House. A 1978 law obliges American presidents and vice-presidents to send all their emails, letters and other working documents to the National Archives.

Earlier this week, the American channel CNN already reported that last fall, 10 classified documents from his time as Vice President of the United States (2009-2017) were discovered in his former private office in Washington DC

“Surprised”, Joe Biden says he is cooperating with justice

Among these documents, “compartmentalized sensitive information” had been found, such as intelligence notes about Ukraine, Iran or the United Kingdom, according to a source familiar with the matter.

A note from Joe Biden addressed to former President Barack Obama and two briefing notes preparing the current head of state for phone calls with Donald Tusk and Rishi Sunak, were also found, without anyone knowing the sensitivity of the content of these documents.

On Thursday, Justice Minister Merrick Garland appointed an independent prosecutor to investigate the case. After these initial revelations, Joe Biden expressed his “surprise”, then let it be known that he was cooperating fully with the Department of Justice, and the White House declared that it was convinced that the investigation opened would show that the documents had been “inadvertently misplaced”.

The White House recalls in particular, despite many differences on the merits, that former President Donald Trump is also in the sights of justice for having taken official documents to his residence in Florida.

Jeanne Bulant with AFP BFMTV journalist

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