The Department of Justice (DOJ) told the Senate Intelligence Committee that it is working to brief lawmakers about the potential risks to national security after classified documents were discovered in President Joe Biden’s and former President Donald Trump’s possession.
In a letter sent over the weekend to the chair and vice chair of the committee, Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte said the DOJ was working to satisfy the committee’s demands for information about the troves of classified documents without harming ongoing special counsel investigations into both matters.
The DOJ letter was a response to the committee’s August request for information about the documents recovered from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and follow-up inquiries by the panel about classified material found at the Penn Biden Center as well as Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, home.
The DOJ’s response, which was also sent to the top lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee, comes with the top senators of the intelligence committee reiterating their call for the department to share the classified documents obtained from the properties of Biden and Trump.
Democratic Sen. Mark Warner and Republican Sen. Marco Rubio have made a unified call for more information.
Meanwhile, Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz suggested the FBI should search the home and office used by Hunter Biden for any classified government materials.
“It seems he leaves classified documents wherever he goes. And we also know that Hunter Biden at times was — declared his residence to be those very same places,” Cruz told host Maria Bartiromo on Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures.”
Hunter Biden had once declared the Wilmington, Del.-area Biden home as his residence on a driver’s license, but it is unclear how much time he has spent at the home.
Hunter Biden has been a key focus in Republican plans to investigate the Biden family and their business dealings. No findings or conclusions of wrongdoing have been determined by either congressional lawmakers or federal authorities.