A stack of documents from Joe Biden’s tenure as vice president has been found in one of his old offices.
The White House said Monday that the U.S. Justice Department is reviewing a trove of potentially classified documents found on the Washington premises of the former Presidential Institute.
Richard Sauber, the president’s special counsel, said a “small number of documents marked classified” were found to be Biden’s Private attorneys are cleaning out offices at the Biden Center in Pennsylvania.
Mr. Biden maintained an office there after he left the vice presidency in 2017 until shortly before he launched his 2020 presidential campaign in 2019.
Sauber said the documents were found in a “locked closet” in the office on Nov. 2 last year.
The lawyers immediately notified the White House counsel’s office, which notified the National Archives and Records Administration — which took custody of the documents the next day, Sauber said.
“Since this discovery, the President’s personal counsel has worked with the Archives and the Department of Justice to ensure that the Archives securely preserves any records of the Obama-Biden administration,” Sauber said.
Attorney General Merrick Garland asked Trump-appointed U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, John Law, after the archives referred the matter to the department, said a person familiar with the matter but not authorized to discuss it publicly. Shi examines the matter.
For months, the Justice Department has been investigating the retention of about 300 classified documents recovered from Donald Trump’s Florida estate.
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In that case, Trump’s representatives refused to return all documents and did not fully comply with the return subpoena, prosecutors said.
In August, FBI agents executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago and seized 15 boxes of records.
The investigation is being led by a special counsel Jack Smith, Former War Crimes Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.
Prosecutors have interviewed a string of Trump aides and have been using a grand jury to hear evidence.
It was unclear when a decision would be made on whether Trump or anyone else should be charged over the documents.