FBI is under pressure to search Biden’s home after a second set of documents is found
Some Republicans are calling for the FBI to search President Joe Biden’s homes after reports that a second batch of classified documents linked to the president was discovered at a private location.
Earlier this week, an attorney for Biden announced that “a small number of classified documents” from his time as vice president had been discovered on November 2, 2022 at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, DC.
NBC News reported Wednesday that Biden aides found at least one new batch of documents elsewhere, citing an unnamed person familiar with the situation. It was unclear whether a search for additional documents by Biden’s associates had been completed.
While the location of the new batch, the number of documents, and the exact nature of the documents were also unknown, Republicans, allied with former President Donald Trump, almost immediately again called for the FBI to search the current president’s residences — which suggesting that Biden’s situation was no different than Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, which was ransacked after the former president failed to return over 100 classified documents he had kept there.
“When is the raid?” tweeted Donald Trump Jr., the ex-president’s son. “They’ve had months to track this stuff down. Where’s the special counsel? Where’s the wall-to-wall media coverage asking why Biden and Garland haven’t already been forced to retire???”
“Joe Biden’s mansion in Wilmington, Delaware. Joe Biden’s beach house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.” tweeted Kimberly Guilfoyle, wife of Trump Jr. “Two places worthy of a surprise FBI raid.”
“Biden aides have now ‘found’ a second trove of classified documents elsewhere,” said conservative political commentator and former Trump administration official Monica Crowley tweeted. “How many secret documents are floating around in how many places? Still waiting for the FBI raid on Dr. Jill’s closet.”
“They found MORE secret documents that Joe Biden had in his possession,” right-wing radio host Clay Travis said tweeted. “The FBI must now search all of Joe Biden’s belongings and he must be charged and leave office in disgrace. Those are the rules that the Democrats set up. Time to live by them.”
“The FBI knows that Biden operatives have done multi-million dollar deals with China, Ukraine and Russia,” he said. tweeted GOP Representative Mary Miller from Illinois. “And the FBI knows that Biden illegally stole classified documents while he was Vice President. The only reason the FBI wouldn’t raid the ‘Biden Center’ and Biden’s homes in Delaware is POLITICS!”
“So the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago, but President Biden’s aides are going through the classified documents they found,” Republican Representative Randy Weber of Texas said tweeted. “Can you say DOUBLE STANDARD? When will the FBI raid President Biden’s home? Make it meaningful.”
The calls for a raid echoed similar calls from the former president himself, who suggested the FBI search properties including the White House after the discovery of the first batch was reported Monday.
While the circumstances of the second batch are unclear, legal experts have pointed out that there are significant differences between the documents found in the current president’s former office at the Penn Biden Center and those found in the ex-president’s home.
Officials were aware of the secret documents being held by Trump and searched his property after months of requests that the items be returned to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
Meanwhile, NARA was apparently unaware of the classified materials in Biden’s former office and was immediately notified of the discovery by the president’s attorneys who found the documents.
“If you can’t understand the difference between finding improperly maintained classified information, which you immediately turn over to NARA, and obstructing and lying to a federal investigation into improperly maintained classified information, I can’t help you,” said Bradley Moss, attorney for National security tweeted on Monday amid comparisons of the two discoveries.
moss described the discovery of the second batch as “sloppiness by Biden’s staff” on Wednesday, while claiming that the president was likely “not at risk of criminal exposure.”
He also argued that the discovery hasn’t changed “the calculus” regarding possible criminal charges over Trump’s handling of classified documents, which are currently being weighed by Special Counsel Jack Smith.
news week has reached out to the White House, FBI and Justice Department for comment.
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