While searching President Joe Biden’s residence for classified documents, the FBI reportedly seized several of the president’s personal notebooks from the home.
During the January 21 “consensual” search, the FBI discovered at least six classified documents. Other documents were previously found in multiple locations in Biden’s home, including his garage, and others were discovered in his old office at the Penn-Biden Center in Washington, D.C. All of these classified documents, some of which date back to his time in the U.S. Senate, were discovered during searches conducted by Biden’s personal lawyers.
Classified documents from Joe Biden’s Senate tenure were found at his house. It’s a pile of incompetence on top of incompetence on top of sloppiness on top of irresponsibility— to use the president’s own word. pic.twitter.com/tfQCo2VigS
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 24, 2023
According to NBC News, personal handwritten notebooks from Biden’s time as vice president were also among the items taken from his Wilmington, Delaware, home by FBI agents.
A source informed NBC that the notebooks had been seized because Biden wrote about official business as vice president under former President Barack Obama, including details about his “diplomatic engagements” — details that may have contained or referenced classified information.
When asked by NBC about the notebooks, a spokesperson for Biden’s personal attorney Bob Bauer refused to provide any details — instead referring the outlet to a January 14 statement about the search.
“As noted in the statement released on Jan. 14, consistent with our view of the requirements of our cooperation with DOJ [the Department of Justice] in this matter, we will not comment on the accuracy of reports of this nature,” the spokesperson told the outlet.
Neither the Department of Justice (DOJ) nor the FBI have commented on the new revelations.
Following the search, Bauer told NBC that the items seized during the search were taken within the scope of the DOJ’s investigation into Biden’s mishandling of classified documents.
“DOJ took possession of materials it deemed within the scope of its inquiry, including six items consisting of documents with classification markings and surrounding materials, some of which were from the president’s service in the Senate and some of which were from his tenure as vice president,” the attorney said.
NBC News’ report following the search noted that the FBI had spent roughly 13 hours going through Biden’s home, looking through items “including personally handwritten notes, files, papers, binders, memorabilia, to-do lists, schedules, and reminders going back decades.”
Meanwhile, the DOJ has refused to provide documents to the House Oversight Committee regarding Biden’s classified documents scandal.
🚨 I will return @GOPoversight to its mission of rooting out waste, fraud, & abuse in the federal government.
I also look forward to hearing from @USNatArchives on their processes for handling classified material.
— Rep. James Comer (@RepJamesComer) January 27, 2023