22 Jan 2023

Justice Department found more classified documents in search of Biden home, lawyer says

1:31 pm on 22 January 2023
US President Joe Biden speaks to the press following the 10th North American Leaders’ Summit, at The National Palace in Mexico City, on 10 January, 2023.

US President Joe Biden. Photo: AFP / Jim Watson

The Justice Department discovered more classified documents during a search of US President Joe Biden's Wilmington, Delaware home, a lawyer for the president said in a statement Saturday night (local time).

The president offered access "to his home to allow DOJ to conduct a search of the entire premises for potential vice-presidential records and potential classified material", Biden's attorney Bob Bauer said in a statement.

Neither Biden nor his wife were present during the search, the attorney said.

The original batch of about 10 documents was discovered in November at the Penn Biden Centre, a think tank near the White House, but only came to light in January.

Those papers reportedly included US intelligence memos and briefing materials related to Ukraine, Iran and the United Kingdom.

Another cache of documents was found at a second location in January.

Biden said earlier he was surprised to learn that classified documents were found in a think-tank office he once used.

We are cooperating fully with the review, which I hope will be finished soon," Biden said.

He said he did not know what was in the documents.

- Reuters

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