As the presidency of Joe Biden continues, aides to the President have reportedly found at least one additional batch of classified documents in a separate location from the Washington office that Biden used after leaving the Obama administration.
This information was provided by an anonymous source familiar with the matter.
Since November of last year, after the discovery of classified documents with markings in Biden’s former office, his aides have been conducting an exhaustive search to find any additional classified materials that might be in other locations he used.
The goal of this search is to ensure that all classified documents that may have inadvertently been packed in boxes when Biden cleared out of the vice president’s office space in January 2017 are accounted for.
The classification level, number, and exact location of the additional documents are currently unknown, and it is unclear when they were discovered.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment, and the Justice Department declined to comment on the matter.
Biden aides have been sifting through documents stored at locations beyond his former Washington office to determine if there are any other classified documents that need to be turned over to the National Archives and reviewed by the Justice Department.
The ongoing inquiry is aimed at getting a full accounting of all classified documents that may have been left behind.
In November of last year, a small number of documents with classified markings that appeared to be from the Obama administration were found at a Washington think tank tied to Biden.
These documents were discovered in a locked closet by Biden’s attorneys while they prepared to vacate office space at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
Biden himself has commented on the matter, stating that he was “surprised” by the discovery and that he did not know what was in the documents. In response to the report of the new documents, Senator Josh Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, tweeted “Special counsel” on social media.
It remains to be seen what the consequences of this discovery will be and whether it will have any impact on the Biden administration’s policies and priorities.
For now, the focus is on ensuring that all classified documents are properly accounted for and reviewed.