WASHINGTON – President Biden’s aides Mr. They discovered a new trove of classified documents in a second location linked to Biden, according to a person familiar with the situation — the second revelation that he held government files during his time as vice president in three days.
It is not clear where and when the documents were recovered. But Mr. Biden’s aides have been searching various locations since November, when a think tank’s office in Washington was closed after his lawyers found a handful of classified documents that contained information about foreign countries.
There was the invention of the second volume NBC News previously reported On Wednesday.
A White House spokesman and Mr. A member of Biden’s legal team did not immediately return requests for comment. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department declined to comment.
Former President Donald J. Calling Trump irresponsible, Mr. The new revelation is sure to intensify Republican attacks on Biden. This week, the new Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee issued a far-reaching request to the National Archives and Records Administration to obtain all highly sensitive materials for documents and correspondence after an administration leaves office.
On Tuesday, Mr. Biden told reporters in Mexico City His lawyers said in November that he was “surprised”. Secret government documents found in his former office at the Ben Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
He said his staff has fully cooperated with the National Archives and the Department of Justice.
In November Mr. Documents that Biden’s lawyers voluntarily returned to the archives were not registered as missing. It is not clear whether the new object is flagged by the archive.
A spokeswoman for the archives had no comment.
“After I was briefed on the discovery, I was surprised to learn that there were any government records taken to that office,” said Mr. Biden said in Mexico.
“But I don’t know what’s in the documents,” he added.
A Justice Department review by a Trump-appointed U.S. attorney in Chicago found all key documents Mr. Attorney General Merrick P. Garland aims to help decide. kept at Mar-a-Lago, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Although it is not clear whether he has made a decision, according to a person familiar with the situation, Mr. Garland was briefed on the investigation.