By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
WASHINGTON (Worthy News) – Misplaced classified documents that were illegally held in U.S. President Joe Biden’s former office at a Washington think tank included materials about Iran, Ukraine, and Britain, several sources said.
In a reaction, President Biden said later that he was “surprised” to learn in November that his lawyers found the classified documents in his former office.
Biden was seen dismissing a reporter’s questions about the documents as “easy” and said that his aides had cooperated fully with the National Archives after informing them of what had been found.
“After I was briefed about the discovery, I was surprised to learn that there are any government records that were taken to that office,” he claimed said at a news conference in Mexico, where he appeared with Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the president of Mexico, and Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister.
The documents, dating to his time as vice president, were found by his lawyers on November 2 when they were packing files at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, the White House admitted earlier.
The documents held by Biden were found in boxes stored at the think tank at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was an honorary professor until 2019, officials said.
Former U.S. President Donald J. Trump asked: “When is the [Federal Bureau of Investigation] FBI going to raid the many homes of Joe Biden, perhaps even the White House? These documents were definitely not declassified.”
Trump was referring on his social media platform to the FBI’s execution of a search warrant last summer at his Mar-a-Lago residence, where investigators claimed to have discovered more than a hundred classified documents kept past his time in the White House.
Commentators questioned why similar discoveries relating to Biden were only made public now amid revelations that the documents were found just before the midterm elections.
The discovery of classified documents at Biden’s former office was also expected to increase tensions in America’s polarized political landscape.
While some documents deal with foreign countries, several others reportedly commingled in the boxes with personal records, including planning materials for the 2015 funeral of the president’s son Beau Biden.
The documents were marked as Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information, according to sources familiar with the investigation. Biden’s lawyers turned the documents over to the National Archives, which acts as the custodian for presidential records, according to investigators.
The National Archives also contacted the U.S. Justice Department, which has since opened an investigation. The attorney general reportedly assigned John Lausch, the Trump-appointed US attorney in Chicago, to oversee the probe alongside the FBI.
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