Attorney General Merrick Garland advised the U.S. Attorney in Chicago to review a number of potentially classified documents taken from Biden’s Penn Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, D.C. – including potentially classified documents from the office of Vice President Joe Biden. Here’s what we know so far.
Who found the documents?
In a statement released Monday, special counsel to the president, Richard Sauber, said Mr. Biden’s lawyers found the documents in early November when they were “packaging files stored in a locked cupboard to prepare for the vacancy of office space at the Penn Biden Center.” a think tank affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania where Mr. Biden had an office during his years out of public service.
During this trial, Biden’s personal lawyers came across a folder that appeared to contain secret documents and reported the discovery to authorities.
Who is investigating?
After discovering potentially classified documents at the think tank, Mr. Biden’s lawyers contacted the National Archives and Records Administration. This entity then seized the documents and informed the Department of Justice of the situation.
Attorney General Merrick Garland’s response was to order John Lausch, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, to investigate the handling of documents and make a report on the situation.
Mr. Lausch is nominated by Donald Trump and is a graduate of Harvard University and Northwestern University. Unlike many other US Trump-appointed lawyers, Lausch was not asked to resign when the Biden administration took office in 2021.
What are people saying?
One man, predictably, is quite interested in the discovery: former President Donald Trump, who is under investigation for mishandling of classified documents after his presidency, and his residence in Mar-a-Lago was searched by the FBI last summer .
“When will the FBI raid many of Joe Biden’s homes, maybe even the White House? These documents have definitely not been declassified,” Trump tweeted Monday night on the social media platform Truth Social.
Mr. Trump, who is running for president again, has provided no information to support his claim that the documents “definitely have not been declassified”, nor has he given any reason why law enforcement would have reason to search Mr. Biden’s homes or the White House.
Other conservatives, such as far-right activist and talk show host Charlie Kirk, have suggested that the media has covered up the story after all. CBS news he was responsible for breaking history.
What happens then?
Mr. Lausch is expected to issue a report at some point that will shed light on the nature of the documents and how they were stored in the office Mr. Biden sometimes used between periods in government. Barring any new revelations, the content of this report is likely to determine what happens next.