There has been another new development in the continuing saga of President Joe Biden’s classified documents scandal that seems to grow a bit worse for him every few days or so.
The FBI on Wednesday conducted a search for classified materials at President Biden’s vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the Conservative Brief reported.
That followed a similar FBI search less than two weeks ago of the president’s primary private residence in Wilmington, Delaware, as well as the recent revelation that agents had searched Biden’s formerly used office space at the Penn Biden Center think tank in Washington D.C. back in November.
Vacation beach home searched
CNN reported Wednesday that, according to President Biden’s personal attorney Bob Bauer, the FBI’s search of the president’s Rehoboth Beach vacation property was conducted first thing that morning and had lasted less than four hours.
“No documents with classified markings were found,” Bauer said, but noted that similar to the prior search of the Wilmington home, the FBI “took for further review some materials and handwritten notes that appear to relate to his time as Vice President.”
Also of note was the fact that no search warrant was issued because Biden and his attorneys had consented to the sweep of the beach house as part of their alleged “full support and cooperation” with the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation of the president’s apparent mishandling of classified materials, which is now under the leadership of Special Counsel Robert Hur, a former Republican-appointed U.S. attorney.
Wilmington home searched in January
The reported seizure by the FBI of President Biden’s “handwritten notes” from his tenure as vice president in the Obama administration bears a striking resemblance to the Bureau’s search of the Wilmington residence on Jan. 20, in which agents recovered an unknown number of improperly stored documents marked as classified as well as handwritten notes and materials from Biden’s time as vice president and as a senator from Delaware.
According to an NBC News report last month, the several handwritten notes and notebooks that were seized in Wilmington were not marked as classified but were believed to contain information on some pages that was classified as well as unclassified information on other pages that nonetheless were likely considered to be official government records under the Presidential Records Act.
The outlet pointed out that the seizure of Biden’s notebooks and other materials from the home “raises questions about whether he appropriately followed procedures for preserving presidential records. It also raises questions about whether the notebooks are considered personal or official, and how other vice presidents and presidents who kept similar notebooks while in office have handled theirs.”
Former D.C. office searched in November
As if all of that weren’t bad enough, and in direct contradiction to the adamantly repeated claims of full transparency from Biden’s White House, CBS News reported on Tuesday that, according to leaks from unnamed sources, the FBI had also conducted a search of the president’s old office at the Penn Biden Center in mid-November.
That search, which had not been previously disclosed prior to the belated leak, had occurred about a week after Biden’s personal attorneys had first discovered classified documents improperly stored in a locked closet at the D.C. office building — which also wasn’t publicly disclosed until it was leaked to CBS News in early January.
It still remains unknown at this time what, if anything, was found or recovered by the FBI during that search of the Penn Biden Center office in November.
Many remaining questions, very few actual answers
The CNN report noted that none of the three confirmed searches of President Biden-linked properties required a search warrant because of the consent granted by the president’s personal attorneys. Despite that purported cooperation, to say nothing of the lack of transparency unless forced by leaks or public action, has raised more questions that the White House will likely try to avoid answering.
“I don’t want to speak too much to the DOJ’s practices in an ongoing investigation,” White House Counsel’s Office spokesman Ian Sams said in a statement. “I can say, you know, that we have cooperated fully, the president’s personal attorneys have provided information to DOJ, we’ve addressed openly and directly the searches that were conducted: First at the president’s Wilmington residence and then today at the Rehoboth residence.”