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Classified documents from Biden's time as vice chairman discovered at Penn Biden Center, White House says

 A batch of records from President Biden's time as Vice President, including a" small number of documents with classified markings," were discovered at the Penn Biden Center by the chairman's particular attorneys onNov. 2, according to Richard Sauber, special counsel to the White House.

U.S. President Joe Biden walks to speak to reporters as he and first lady Jill Biden leave the White House and walk to Marine One on the South Lawn on December 27, 2022 in Washington, DC.  (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

The attorneys set up the documents in a locked closet while preparing to vacate office space at the center, which the chairman used frommid-2017 until he began the 2020 crusade.


The National Libraries were notified of the finding and took possession of the documents onNov. 3, 2022, Sauber said.


" The documents weren't the subject of any former request or inquiry by the Libraries," Sauber said in a statement." Since that discovery, the President's particular attorneys have cooperated with he Libraries and the Department of Justice in process to insure that any Obama- Biden Administration records are meetly in the possession of the Libraries."


Attorney General Merrick Garland appointedU.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch to review the matter, according to CBS News, which first reported on the documents' discovery on Monday.


Biden slammed former President Trump last time after FBI agents seized roughly 300 classified documents from his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.


" How that could conceivably be? How anyone could be that reckless? And I allowed what data was in there that would perhaps compromise sources and styles?" the chairman told 60 twinkles." And it just – completely reckless."


Under the Presidential Records Act, all documents from a chairman's administration and staff must be turned over to the National Libraries.


Jack Smith, a former assistantU.S. attorney and chief to the DOJ's public integrity section, was appointed as special counsel to probe the records seized from Mar-a-Lago.


Trump, who launched his 2024 shot in November, has said he will refuse to cooperate with the special counsel's disquisition.


" When is the FBI going to raid the numerous homes of Joe Biden, maybe indeed the White House?" Trump wrote on Truth Social on Monday." These documents were surely not declassified."



James Comer, R-Ky., the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said that he'll shoot a letter to the National Libraries and White House counsel seeking information about the documents that were seized from the Penn Biden Center.

" Under the Biden Administration, the Department of Justice and National Libraries have made compliance with the Presidential Records Act a top precedence," Comer said in a statement." We anticipate the same treatment for President Biden, who has supposedly erroneously maintained classified documents in an insecure setting for several times."


The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement is combined with the University of Pennsylvania, but opened its doors in Washington,D.C., in February 2018.

The think tank's stated charge is to engage" Penn’s scholars and mates with its faculty and global centers to convene world leaders, develop and advance smart policy, and strengthen the public debate for uninterrupted American global leadership in the 21st century."


The Department of Justice and National Libraries didn't incontinently respond to a request for comment on Monday.

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