By Stefan J. Bos, Chief International Correspondent Worthy News
WASHINGTON (Worthy News) – The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) searched the vacation beach home of President Joe Biden in Delaware in an investigation into classified documents, his lawyer and officials confirmed.
Biden attorney Bob Bauer said the Rehoboth Beach search was planned with “the president’s full support and cooperation” and lasted 3½ hours, concluding at noon.
Bauer stressed that authorities did take “for further review some materials and handwritten notes that appear to relate to his time as Vice President.”
Citing the Justice Department’s desire for “operational security and integrity,” Bauer added there was no public notice of the action, which was consensual and did not require a warrant.
However, it came after such top-secret material
was found at other Biden properties and his office at a think tank. The latest search was due to raise further questions about how Biden treats top-secret material.
The beach home marks the third known location the FBI has searched in connection with the discovery of unsecured classified documents related to Biden.
In November, agents searched a former Washington, D.C., office used by Biden after leaving the vice presidency. That followed the discovery of the first batch of documents by the president’s lawyers.
Special counsel Robert Hur is investigating whether Biden or anyone in his orbit illegally mishandled classified documents dating to before he took office as president.
Biden acknowledged on January 12 that some classified records were found next to his classic Corvette in his Wilmington garage but defended his handling of those documents.
“My Corvette is in a locked garage, OK? So it’s not like they’re sitting out on the street,” he said then.
However, first son Hunter Biden, who is under investigation by the US attorney’s office in Delaware for possible tax fraud and illegal foreign lobbying, among other crimes, frequently visited the Wilmington house. He reportedly even listed it as his residence on a 2018 form — while records were stashed there and as he pursued business interests worldwide, including in China, critics said.
Joe Biden had earlier condemned former President Donald J. Trump after his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida was searched for classified documents.
Since the disclosures involving Trump and Biden, unsecured classified documents also were found at the Indiana home of former Vice President Mike Pence. A Pence representative alerted the National Archives last month to a handful of records, which the FBI has retrieved.
Pence’s lawyer described the material as “a small number of documents bearing classified markings that were inadvertently transported to the personal home of the former vice president at the end of the last administration.”
He claimed they were found on January 16 and placed in a secure safe until they could be returned to proper authorities. But it added to a debate about the high-level handling of top secrets in the United States.
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