Attorney General Merrick Garland advised the US Attorney in Chicago to review a series of potentially classified documents taken from the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington DC, including potentially classified documents from the office of the Vice President of the President Joe Biden. This is what we know so far.
Who found the documents?
In a statement provided Monday, special counsel to the president Richard Sauber said Biden’s lawyers found the documents in early November when they were “packing up files housed in a locked cabinet to prepare to vacate office space at the Penn Biden Center.” ”. the think tank affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, where Biden had an office during his years out of public service.
During that process, Biden’s personal attorneys found a folder that appeared to contain classified documents and reported the find to authorities.
Who is investigating?
After discovering the potentially classified documents in the think tank, Biden’s lawyers contacted the National Archives and Records Administration. That entity then took possession of the documents and informed the Justice Department of the situation.
Attorney General Merrick Garland’s response was to order John Lausch, US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, to investigate the handling of the documents and issue a report on the situation.
Mr. Lausch is a Donald Trump appointee who graduated from Harvard University and Northwestern University. Unlike other Trump-appointed US attorneys, Lausch was not asked to resign when the Biden administration took office in 2021.
What people say?
Unsurprisingly, one man is quite interested in the find: former President Donald Trump, who is under investigation for mishandling classified documents after his presidency and had his Mar-a-Lago residence searched by the FBI last summer.
“When is the FBI going to raid Joe Biden’s many homes, maybe even the White House? These documents were definitely not declassified,” Trump wrote Monday night on the Truth Social social media platform.
Trump, who is running again for president, did not offer any information to back up his claim that the documents were “definitely not declassified,” nor did he provide any reason why law enforcement would have reason to search Biden’s homes or the White House. .
Other conservatives such as far-right activist and talk show host Charlie Kirk suggested that the media had covered up the story, despite the fact that CBS News He was in charge of breaking the story.
What happens next?
Lausch is expected to issue a report at some point that will shed light on the nature of the documents and how they came to be stored in an office Biden occasionally used between terms in government. Barring further revelations, the content of that report will likely dictate what happens next.