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DOJ Decided Not To Have FBI Monitor Search For Classified Documents At Biden Residence

January 18, 2023
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After classified documents were found in Joe Biden's former office at the Penn Biden Center, the Justice Department considered having FBI agents monitor the search for additional classified documents at Biden's Wilmington, Delaware residence. In the end, however, the DOJ decided against it in order to not complicate the later stages of the investigation and also becuase Biden's attorneys had quickly handed over the first set of documents and were cooperating with the investigation.

The DOJ reached an agreement with Biden's attorneys that they could continue their search unsupervised and would promptly notify the Justice Department if they located any additional classified materials. Law enforcement would then be sent immediately to collect the documents.

Due to the lack of FBI involvment, no FBI agents would be able to witness the volume or contents of any materials that might be found. That wouldn't be so troubling if it were not the same FBI that had fabricated evidence in a plot to frame former President Donald Trump as a Russian asset during the 2020 presidential election. The FBI also raided Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate after classified materials were located there after he had left office.

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Since the initial classified materials were found at the Penn Bidence Center in early November, additional classified docuemnts have been identified in 3 separate locations in Biden's Wilmington residence in December and January. Documents have been found in the garage and a room adjacent to it, according to White House lawyer Richard Sauber. Disclosure of the initial discovery of classified documents back in November was not revealed to the public until last week.

Sauber has said that the materials were "inadvertently placed" at the different locations.

Many Trump supporters have accused the Justice Department of a double standard regarding the way it is handling the discovery of classified documents in Biden's residence versus how it was handled when materials were discovered at Mar-a-Lago.

Meanwhile, Biden supporters have noted the president's cooperation with the DOJ. Regardless, it is concerning that the DOJ has allowed Biden's attorneys and aides to conduct unsupervised searches for classified documents when many, if not all, of them lack the necessary security clearance. The White House, however, doesn't appear to be bothered by it.

Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Robert Hur as special counssel to investigate the classified materials.

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Jen Snow

Jen Snow is a former paralegal turned freelance writer who has a passion for foreign affairs. When not writing, she can be found curled up with her dog and a good book or outside playing in the Florida sun.
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