The Justice Department will review a batch of possibly confidential documents found in the offices of President Joe Biden’s former institute in Washington, the White House said Monday.
“A small number of documents with confidentiality seals” were discovered as Biden’s personal lawyers cleaned out the offices of the Penn Biden Center, where the president had an office after leaving the vice presidency in 2017 until shortly before launching his presidential campaign. for 2020 in 2019, said special counsel for the presidency, Richard Sauber. The documents were discovered on November 2, 2022 in a “locked cabinet” inside the office, he added.
Sauber said the lawyers immediately alerted the White House Law Office, which notified the National Archives and Records Administration, which took custody of the documents the next day.
“Since that finding, the president’s personal lawyers have cooperated with the Archives and the Department of Justice in a process to ensure that any Obama-Biden administration records are in the Archives’ possession,” Sauber said.
A person familiar with the matter but not authorized to speak publicly said Attorney General Merrick Garland asked US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch to review the matter after the Files raised the matter. To the department. Lausch is one of the few federal prosecutors in the Trump administration to remain in office.
Regardless of the Justice Department’s review, the revelation that Biden may have mishandled confidential or presidential documents could become a political headache for the president, who has described Trump’s decision to keep hundreds of these documents as “irresponsible.” at his Florida farm.
Trump made his opinion on the matter known on Monday on his social network, where he asked: “When is it that the FBI will raid all of Joe Biden’s properties, including the White House?”
The revelation comes after Republicans have seized control of the House of Representatives and vowed to launch investigations into the Biden government.