WASHINGTON.- The White House acknowledged that found this week more classified documents at the residence of the president, Joe Biden, of which he had originally reported. Biden’s attorney, Richard Sauber, said in a statement that while delivering a document to Justice Department officials at the president’s home in Wilmington, Delaware on Thursday, they discovered “five additional pages with classification marks”, for a total of six pages, a new revelation that threatens to stretch criticism of the Biden government.
In one of the longest statements released so far by the White House on the controversy over the discovery of classified material in Biden’s possession, his lawyer, Sauber, offered more details about how the discovery of the documents occurred, and specified that on Thursday night, when he went to Biden’s house in Wilmington to facilitate the delivery of a classified document that had been found by Biden’s personal lawyer the day before, new materials “were discovered.”
“Because I have a security clearance, I went to Wilmington Thursday night to facilitate the delivery of the document the President’s personal attorney found Wednesday to the Department of Justice,” Sauber said in the statement. “While transferring it to Justice Department officials accompanying me, an additional five pages with classification marks were discovered among the accompanying material, for a total of six pages. The Justice Department officials who were with me immediately took possession of them.”, he indicated.
Sauber noted that Biden’s lawyers acted “immediately and voluntarily” to provide classified documents found in the offices of the Penn Biden Center and Biden’s Wilmington home to the Department of Justice and the National Archives, a new effort. of the Biden administration by take off the president of the same controversy that touched former president Donald Trump. The Trump documents were not turned over voluntarily, but were seized by the FBI in a raid on his Palm Beach resort, Mar-a-Lago.
Still, the new revelation augurs more criticism of the White House for the way in which Biden and his aides have handled the controversy, particularly the way in which they informed the public, avoiding providing maximum detail and only after that the news appeared in the press, a detail that generated Doubts about government transparency.
When it became known that Biden was keeping classified documents at his Wilmington home, the White House initially said it was a “small number,” and only this Saturday revealed that six classified documents were found last Thursday.
All the latest revelations this week left in a very uncomfortable position for Biden and his government, not only because of the potential legal problems that it can generate for the president, but also because of the suspicions of a lack of transparency, the delays and the paucity of details in making the information public, added to Biden’s fierce reaction when it was learned that Trump had taken several boxes of classified government material to his residence in Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago.
“How could that happen? How could someone be so irresponsible?Biden said when asked what he thought when it emerged that Trump had classified documents at his residence. “And I thought what information was there that he could compromise the sources and the methods. By that, I mean the names of the people who helped, and so on. And it is totally irresponsible, ”he insisted.
The Biden administration has repeatedly said that, unlike Trump, who first denied having the classified material in his possession and then refused to turn it over, Biden and his lawyers immediately notified the Justice Department about the material. found in the power of the agent, and the White House has insisted that it cooperates fully with the investigation, that the president was unaware that this material was in his possession and that the papers “were inadvertently lost.”
The controversy reached such magnitude that the Attorney General of the United States, Merrick Garland, appointed by Biden, decided to appoint a special prosecutor – as happened with the Watergate and Russiagate scandals, to name two historical investigations – to carry out the investigation and settle how the classified documents ended up at Biden’s house, and at the Biden Center, just as they did in the Trump case.