Biden’s Wilmington garage held secret documents. On Thursday, the special counsel to the president revealed that Joe Biden’s legal team had found additional classified documents in a storage area of the garage of his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
On Wednesday night, attorneys searching Biden’s homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, located documents related to the Obama-Biden administration. Special Counsel to President Richard Sauber stated that all but one record was discovered in a storage compartment in Biden’s Wilmington garage, with the solo record found in an adjacent room.
Following his statements on the economy and inflation on Thursday, when news of the newly discovered documents broke, Vice President Biden remarked, “As I mentioned earlier this week, people know I take classified records and sensitive materials seriously.” I also confirmed that we cooperate entirely with the Justice Department’s investigation.
For the second time since the Obama administration ended, confidential paperwork was found in a room that former Vice President Joe Biden frequented. After the first batch was discovered at a think group linked with Biden on November 2 and made public this week, the expanded search and investigation by the Justice Department ensued.
Sauber added, “As we mentioned, we are fully collaborating with the National Archives and the Department of Justice to guarantee that the Archives appropriately possess any data from the Obama-Biden Administration.”
Following the discovery of the documents at the Penn Biden Center in November, Biden’s special counsel said the lawyers conducted the review at the president’s Delaware residences, where additional documents might have been shipped during the presidential transition in 2017. This was done in close coordination with the Justice Department. According to Sauber, once the papers were found in Wilmington, the DOJ was alerted, and Biden’s legal team negotiated for the government to take control of the files. He also stressed that the White House would cooperate throughout the DOJ’s investigation.
On Thursday, while fielding questions from reporters after his address, Biden insisted that the records were safe in part because they were kept up.
He told the reporter, “By the way, my Corvette’s in a locked garage, okay?” when asked why he kept paperwork next to his car. This is not the same as saying, “They’re just chilling on the sidewalk.”
Similarly, after sensitive materials were found at his Mar-a-Lago estate, former President Donald Trump claimed that the documents were secure because he had locked the door to the storage area. The Secret Service was on duty at his estate. Neither of these options was adequate for protecting sensitive national security information.
At 1:15 p.m. on Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland is scheduled to deliver a statement. Garland is the one who appointed special prosecutor Jack Smith to supervise the Justice Department’s many investigations into the actions of Trump. Smith is leading the department’s inquiry into discovering a cache of sensitive national security documents at Mar-a-Lago.
The president has already been under intense scrutiny since records were discovered at the Penn Biden Center. The news of documents found at Biden’s apartment only heightens that attention. Some members of Congress, particularly Republicans, have been ready to pile on the president in recent days, using the similarity to the classified records scenario to argue that Trump was unfairly handled.
On Thursday, James Comer (R-Ky.), chair of the House Oversight Committee, called the discovery of documents in Wilmington “extremely troubling” and asked, “what is the vice president doing with secret documents?” In addition, he said, “we saw the fury by Democrats” when Trump used the premise that only the president may declassify materials.
We witnessed the FBI’s common sense in raiding Mar-a-Lago and systematically collecting the resort’s surveillance equipment. Comer claimed on Fox that everything was okay because “lawyers for Joe Biden,” though no one knew who those lawyers were or their clients were, had uncovered some documents and given them in.
Thursday at a news conference, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) referred to the newly discovered records as “another faux pas by the Biden administration” and contrasted Trump’s treatment during the Mar-a-Lago search with that of the former president. Moreover, he suggested that Congress look into the finding of the documents.
McCarthy remarked, “Here is an individual who has been in office for more than 40 years, an individual who indicated on ’60 Minutes’ that [he] was so concerned about President Trump’s paperwork.” To paraphrase the Vice President: “And now we locate it, keeping it out in the open for years in numerous locations.”
While the Presidential Records Act mandated that all records in Biden and Trump’s possession be transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration upon their respective departures from office, there are significant variations between the two circumstances. Biden’s lawyers reported the discovery of the new documents, and the Biden administration appears to have cooperated with DOJ in its investigation of Trump’s ownership of the data. The White House claims that only a “limited number” of secret documents had been found in Biden’s hands, although reports suggest that Trump had several hundred such files at Mar-a-Lago.