At least one additional batch of classified documents was discovered by aides to President Joe Biden in a location separate from the Washington office he used after leaving the Obama administration, NBC News report.
According to a person familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity, Biden aides have been searching since November – after they discovered around 10 documents with classified markings in his former office – for any additional classified materials that might be in other locations Biden used.
It is not known what level of classification the newly found files have, how many there are, or the precise location where they were found. It’s also not clear when exactly the additional documents were discovered and whether the search is complete for any other classified materials from the Obama administration Biden may have in possession.
Biden aides have been sifting through documents stored at locations beyond Biden’s former Washington office to get a full accounting of all classified documents that may have inadvertently been packed when he cleared out those offices and whether they need to be turned over to the National Archives and reviewed by the Justice Department,
As the person familiar with the matter noted, the search was described as exhaustive.
Minutes after the NBC News report on the new documents, GOP Sen. Josh Hawley reacted on social media by tweeting out the words “Special counsel.”
Later in the day, Hawley posted another message on Twitter with his call to Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special counsel for Biden or admit his investigation of Trump was just a political hit job, stressing that he can’t have it both ways.
Garland has already asked the US attorney in Chicago, John R. Lausch, to investigate the matter after President Joe Biden’s attorneys acknowledged Monday discovering the first tranche of classified documents.
Meanwhile, three congressional staffers said that the Senate intelligence committee’s chair and vice chair have written to Avril Haines, the Director of National Intelligence asking for a briefing on both the Biden and Trump documents, access to the classified documents Biden had, and damage assessment by the intelligence community.