WASHINGTON — The White House admitted Thursday that additional classified documents were found in President Biden’s Delaware garage after the revelation Monday that 10 sensitive documents were found at Biden’s former think tank office in Washington.
The jaw-dropping disclosure comes as the Justice Department reviews whether Biden mishandled classified information — a potential crime — after he left office as vice president in 2017. Attorney General Merrick Garland was due to make a statement at 1:15 p.m.
White House special counsel Richard Sauber said that the documents were found in Wilmington, Del., recently after the discovery of the initial tranche of documents Nov. 2 at Biden’s former office at the Penn Biden Center near Capitol Hill.
“Following the discovery of government documents at the Penn Biden Center in November 2022, and coordinating closely with the Department of Justice, the President’s lawyers have searched the President’s Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, residences – the other locations where files from his Vice-Presidential office might have been shipped in the course of the 2017 transition. The lawyers completed that review last night,” Sauber said in a statement.
“During the review, the lawyers discovered among personal and political papers a small number of additional Obama-Biden Administration records with classified markings. All but one of these documents were found in storage space in the President’s Wilmington residence garage. One document consisting of one page was discovered among stored materials in an adjacent room. No documents were found in the Rehoboth Beach residence.”
Sauber added, “As was done in the case of the Penn-Biden Center, the Department of Justice was immediately notified, and the lawyers arranged for the Department of Justice to take possession of these documents.”
The revelation follows a dramatic Aug. 8 raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club and residence in Palm Beach, Fla., in an effort to retrieve classified documents that were transferred in 2021 when he left office. Trump has alleged a double standard and called for raids of Biden’s homes.
Biden has routinely visited his Wilmington home during his nearly two years in office. The Secret Service says it keeps no records of his visitors there.
CNN reported that 10 documents — touching on Iran, Ukraine and the UK — that were previously found at the Penn Biden Center had classified markings and were dated between 2013 and 2016. They were found mixed in with Biden family papers — including information about the funeral arrangements for the president’s late son, Beau, who died in 2015. Some of the documents were reportedly labeled “top secret,” the highest level of government classification.