The offices of the think tank where President Joe Biden kept an office in between stints in the White House, the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, were searched at some point in mid-November by the FBI, two sources familiar with the investigation say.
According to the information the sources provided, no search warrant was sought since the search was reportedly consensual and conducted with the cooperation of Biden’s representatives following the FBI’s discovery of nearly a dozen classified documents.
Those documents were dating from Biden’s term as vice president in office and were initially discovered by Biden’s lawyers the week before the midterm election.
It’s unclear whether additional documents were found during the FBI search of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement’s offices at the 6th-floor office space near the Capitol that Biden used periodically between 2017 and 2019.
No announcement was made following the FBI’s November search of the Washington DC think tank office whereas the FBI search of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, earlier this month was promptly announced to the public by Biden’s lawyers.
There was no official comment from the Justice Department and the FBI, while Biden’s lawyers declined the request for comment.
During the searches of Biden’s home and office, authorities have seized between 25 and 30 classified documents – including some labeled top secret – concerning both his Senate career and his vice-presidential stint.
Although Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed special counsel Robert Hur to take over the probe earlier this month, the investigation so far is being led by US Attorney John Lausch.
Previously, federal authorities recovered more than 300 documents marked classified from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate and a South Florida storage unit, more than 100 of which were seized by the FBI while executing a search warrant at Trump’s home he resisted multiple attempts by the government to obtain the documents.
The National Archives put out a call to the six most recent administrations pleading with them to turn over any classified documents in their possession after classified documents were also found at former VP Mike Pence’s home earlier this month.
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