On Wednesday, the FBI conducted a consensual search of Joe Biden’s Delaware beach house.
Bob Bauer, Biden’s personal attorney, said in a statement that the White House resident was fully cooperating with the Department of Justice.
“Under DOJ’s standard procedures, in the interests of operational security and integrity, it sought to do this work without advance public notice, and we agreed to cooperate,” Bauer said.
“The search today is a further step in a thorough and timely DOJ process we will continue to fully support and facilitate. We will have further information at the conclusion of today’s search.”
After the FBI’s search, it appears agents did not find any documents with classified markings.
However, they did confiscate handwritten notes that appear to be from Biden’s time as vice president.
UPDATE: FBI takes handwritten notes that appear to be from Biden's time as vice president.
No documents with classified markings were found, according to a statement from Bob Bauer, Biden's personal lawyer.
— DailyNoah.com (@DailyNoahNews) February 1, 2023
Bob Bauer released this statement:
“The DOJ’s planned search of the President’s Rehoboth residences, conducted in coordination and cooperation with the President’s attorneys, has concluded. The search was conducted from 8:30 AM to noon. No documents with classified markings were found. Consistent with the process in Wilmington, the DOJ took for further review some materials and handwritten notes that appear to relate to his time as Vice President.”
…No documents with classified markings were found. Consistent with the process in Wilmington, the DOJ took for further review some materials and handwritten notes that appear to relate to his time as Vice President.”
— Arden Farhi (@ArdenFarhi) February 1, 2023
White House Counsel Spokesman Ian Sams refused to answer if the FBI searched any other locations undisclosed to the public.
BREAKING: White House Counsel Spokesman Ian Sams refuses to answer if the FBI has searched any other locations that the public isn’t aware of. pic.twitter.com/t9lqvz30Pm
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) February 1, 2023
“Why did it take so long for the search of the Rehoboth Beach residence to occur, and who today from the White House, if anyone, was there?” asked CBS News Senior White House and Political Correspondent Ed O’Keefe.
“That’s a good question, so we’ve been working directly with the Justice Department from the very beginning,” Ian Sams responded.
CBS's @EdOKeefe: " Why did it take so long for the search of the Rehobeth Beach residence to occur, and who today from the WH, if anyone, was there?"
WH's Ian Sams: "That's a good question, so we've been working directly with the Justice Department from the very beginning" pic.twitter.com/ifitbkQos4
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) February 1, 2023
The FBI’s search for classified documents tied to Joe Biden began in November.
Per The Hill:
FBI officials searched the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement last November after lawyers for President Biden found classified documents there from his time as vice president, according to multiple reports.
CBS News first reported that the FBI searched the offices where Biden worked for a time between his vice presidency and running for president in 2020 after his attorneys found materials with classified markings on Nov. 2.
The president’s team cooperated with the search, multiple outlets reported. Biden’s team similarly cooperated with an FBI search of his Delaware home earlier this month after classified documents were found there.
Three months later, and the Department of Justice is still conducting searches of Biden’s residences?
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