The National Archives has referred Joe Biden to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for investigation over allegations the Democrat President has been mishandling classified documents.
Last fall, several classified documents from Biden’s time as vice president were discovered in a private office, CNN is reporting.
The National Archives has referred the matter to the DOJ for further investigation, sources reportedly told CNN.
Richard Sauber, Biden’s special counsel, said in a statement: “The White House is cooperating with the National Archives and the Department of Justice regarding the discovery of what appear to be Obama-Biden Administration records, including a small number of documents with classified markings.
“The documents were discovered when the President’s personal attorneys were packing files housed in a locked closet to prepare to vacate office space at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C.
“The President periodically used this space from mid-2017 until the start of the 2020 campaign.
“On the day of this discovery, November 2, 2022, the White House Counsel’s Office notified the National Archives.
“The Archives took possession of the materials the following morning.
“The discovery of these documents was made by the President’s attorneys,” he said.
“The documents were not the subject of any previous request or inquiry by the Archives.
“Since that discovery, the President’s personal attorneys have cooperated with the Archives and the Department of Justice in a process to ensure that any Obama-Biden Administration records are appropriately in the possession of the Archives.”
Several classified documents from President Joe Biden’s time as VP were discovered last fall in a private office, a source tells @jamiegangel.
The National Archives has referred the matter to the DOJ for further investigation, the source said.https://t.co/6uOE5jve9l
— Zachary Cohen (@ZcohenCNN) January 9, 2023
BREAKING: “Classified documents from Biden’s time as VP discovered in private office. The National Archives referred matter to the DOJ for further investigation.” In my view This was leaked so DOJ will have an excuse not to prosecute Trump re his docs. https://t.co/HB5dEbcRnY
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) January 9, 2023
According to CNN:
“Fewer than a dozen classified documents were found at Biden’s office, the source said.
“It is unclear what the documents pertain to or why they were taken to Biden’s private office.
“Federal officeholders are required by law to relinquish official documents and classified records when their government service ends.”