A group of aides working under President Joe Biden has reportedly found yet another cache of classified documents that were being stored at a different location other than the private Washington, D.C., office owned by Biden where the originally discovered documents were found.
A personal attorney for the President found a stash of 10 classified documents hidden inside of the private offices of the president located a the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington in November. Those papers have since been returned for filing at the National Archives. the first incident seems to be what caused these aides from Biden to start a thorough search of a number of well-known spaces for additional illicit documents, explained a report from NBC News.
It is still quite unclear as to just where these new papers were discovered, and if the search for additional documents continues after this. It is also very unclear what classification level these new papers were marked as or what information is contained in them, according to a report from NBC.
After the first set of highly classified papers was discovered this past November, aides for the President started to go through a number of boxes containing papers from when Biden served as vice president in order to ascertain if there were any other documents that should also be sent back to the National Archives.
The first set of papers was found inside of an envelope stashed inside an envelope kept in Biden’s private office at the Penn Biden Center on November 2, just days before the midterm elections. Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president, officially confirmed the find of 10 classified documents in Biden’s office this past Monday.
“The discovery of these documents was made by the President’s attorneys,” explained Sauber. “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.”
Those papers are reported to hold U.S. intelligence memos and briefing materials about the United Kingdom, Iran, and Ukraine, though it is quite unclear what the true information within them covered.
This scandal concerning classified papers has drawn comparisons to the currently raging legal battle centered on President Donald Trump due to some classified documents that he allegedly kept at his house located at his resort home in Florida, Mar-a-Lago, after departing the White House as of January 2021.
“The only person that has the constitutional ability to declassify any documents is the president of the United States, not the vice president,” House Majority Leader explained Steve Scalise (R-LA). “If then-Vice President Biden took classified documents with him and held them for years and criticized former President Trump during that same time that he had those classified documents, and only after it was uncovered did he turn them back, I wonder why the press isn’t asking the same questions of him.”