According to a report from CBS News on Monday, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a U.S. attorney to evaluate the roughly 10 classified documents that were discovered in President Joe Biden’s old office.
The confidential papers originate from Biden’s vice presidential office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, which is conveniently located near Capitol Hill.
Just a few days before the midterm elections on November 2, the classified records were discovered by Biden’s private counsel, according to Special Counsel to the President, Richard Sauber.
Regarding the discovery of what look to be Obama-Biden Admin. materials, Sauber stated that the White House “is collaborating with the National Archives and the Department of Justice.”
After learning about the records, Biden’s lawyers alerted the National Archives, who allegedly submitted the case to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). As a result, Garland ordered U.S. Attorney John Lausch to look into how the secret materials ended up in Biden’s former office.
“From the middle of 2017 to the commencement of the 2020 campaign, the President used this area sporadically. The National Archives was contacted by the White House Counsel’s Office on November 2, 2022, the day of this finding. The following morning, the items were delivered to the Archives.”
“The President’s attorneys were the ones who found these materials. The Archives had not previously requested or inquired about the documents. Since that discovery, the President’s personal counsel has worked with the Archives as well as the Department of Justice to establish a procedure that will guarantee that any records from the Obama-Biden Administration are in the Archives’ proper hands.”
According to CBS News, the secret information was purportedly in a folder that was housed in a box along with other unclassified items.
However, neither the classification level of the documents nor their contents were confirmed by CBS News sources.