It has been revealed that classified documents were found at the residence of President Joe Biden. The classified Biden docs found in his Delaware garage was actually next to his corvette.
Following the discovery on Monday that 10 classified files were discovered in Biden’s previous think tank office in Washington, President Biden disclosed on Thursday that additional classified materials were discovered in his Delaware garage, close to his treasured classic Corvette.
The shocking information was revealed while the Justice Department investigated whether Biden may have misused classified documents after he left his position as vice president in 2017.
Attorney General Merrick Garland named Robert Hur, a former US attorney for Maryland, as special counsel to look into the case on Thursday afternoon, a decision that might have a significant long-term influence on Biden.
“The special counsel will not be subjected to the day-to-day supervision of any official at the department,” Garland said, adding that “I will ensure that Mr. Hur receives all the resources he needs to conduct his work.”
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Earlier Thursday, Biden admitted storing the documents close to his car, but claimed he takes his job to protect the nation’s secrets seriously.
“Classified materials next to your Corvette? What were you thinking?” Fox News reporter Peter Doocy questioned Biden after he mentioned annual inflation falling to 6.5% in December.
“My Corvette is in a locked garage, OK? So it’s not like they’re sitting out on the street,” Biden responded, appearing to dismiss the gravity of the discovery.
“So it was in a locked garage?” Doocy persisted.
“Yes, as well as my Corvette,” Biden admitted.
“But as I said earlier this week, people know I take classified documents and classified material seriously,” the president insisted.
“I also said we’re cooperating fully and completely with the Justice Department’s review. As part of that process, my lawyers reviewed other places where documents might — from my time as vice president — were stored and they finished the review last night. They discovered a small number of documents with classified markings in storage areas and file cabinets in my home and my personal library.”
Biden added, “The Department of Justice was immediately notified and the lawyers arranged for the Department of Justice to take possession of the document [sic]. So you’re gonna see, we’re gonna see all this unfold. I’m confident.”
The appointment of a special counsel might be politically damaging for Biden, since such investigations frequently broaden in scope. For example, the late Kenneth Starr began investigating then-President Bill Clinton’s real estate deals before uncovering his romance with White House staffer Monica Lewinsky, which led to Clinton’s impeachment for perjury and abuse of power.
First son Hunter Biden appears to have put the Wilmington property as his residence on a July 2018 background check form as part of a rental application, despite his father’s extensive involvement in international business partnerships throughout his vice presidency and before he was elected president.
A former Justice Department official familiar with Hur told The Post that “it’s possible” that the inquiry would expand to include the Bidens, but that it is unlikely.
“If I was a betting man, I would not bet that this will result in some sort of gigantic thing that drives him from office,” the former Justice Department official said. “I don’t think Garland put in Hur to really open a can of worms on Biden. I suspect it’s more to put a lid on the can of worms.”
The 80-year-old Biden is known for flaunting his 1967 Corvette Stingray, which he drove on an episode of CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s Garage” in October. The 350-horsepower V8 engine in Biden’s green convertible is linked to a four-speed manual transmission.
White House special counsel Richard Sauber made the initial garage revelation in a written statement just before Biden spoke.
“Following the discovery of government documents at the Penn Biden Center in November 2022, and coordinating closely with the Department of Justice, the President’s lawyers have searched the President’s Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, residences – the other locations where files from his Vice-Presidential office might have been shipped in the course of the 2017 transition. The lawyers completed that review last night,” Sauber said.
“During the review, the lawyers discovered among personal and political papers a small number of additional Obama-Biden Administration records with classified markings. All but one of these documents were found in storage space in the President’s Wilmington residence garage. One document consisting of one page was discovered among stored materials in an adjacent room. No documents were found in the Rehoboth Beach residence.”
Sauber added, “As was done in the case of the Penn-Biden Center, the Department of Justice was immediately notified, and the lawyers arranged for the Department of Justice to take possession of these documents.”
After Garland’s appointment of Hur as special counsel, Sauber added, “We are confident that a thorough review will show that these documents were inadvertently misplaced, and the President and his lawyers acted promptly upon discovery of this mistake.”
Ten retrieved documents from the Penn Biden Center on November 2 that dealt with Iran, Ukraine, and the UK bore classified marks and were dated between 2013 and 2016, according to CNN on Wednesday. They were discovered mixed in with Biden family papers, which also contained details regarding the 2015 loss of the president’s son Beau’s burial plans. The highest level of official classification, “top secret,” was purportedly applied to some of the documents.
Garland stated that the Department of Justice was informed about the discovery of the initial documents on November 4th, four days prior to the midterm elections, and that the papers found at Biden’s residence were located on December 20th. He also mentioned that Chicago US attorney John Lausch, who was assigned by the Attorney General on November 14th to conduct an initial examination of the Biden documents, was informed by Biden’s lawyers as recent as Thursday that additional sensitive material was being discovered.
“This morning, President Biden’s personal counsel called Mr. Lausch and stated that an additional document bearing classification markings was identified at the President’s personal residence in Wilmington, Delaware,” he said.
As per the Presidential Records Act of 1978, all documents from the president and vice president of each administration are considered public and will be sent to the National Archives for preservation in the future presidential library. The Act assigns the responsibility of separating personal records from presidential and vice presidential records to the outgoing administration.
According to NBC News, many former staffers to the then-vice president were questioned by federal law enforcement officials in connection with the investigation.
Apart from the Presidential Records Act, federal law also states that officials who intentionally permit the removal of classified information through a severe lack of care can be punished with imprisonment for a maximum of ten years.
Thursday’s disclosure came after a dramatic raid on the Mar-a-Lago Club and residence of former President Donald Trump on August 8th, with the aim of recovering classified documents.
Biden criticized his predecessor at that time, stating in a September 18th “60 Minutes” interview that Trump had been acting recklessly by holding onto the papers after leaving office in January 2021.
“I thought, ‘What data was in there that may compromise sources and methods?’” Biden told CBS News’ Scott Pelley. “By that I mean names of people who helped or th– et cetera. And it just– totally irresponsible.”
On Thursday, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) criticized Biden for being hypocritical.
“He held these in different locations right out in the open,” McCarthy said at a press conference. “He criticized President Trump. Did he utilize the Justice Department to raid President Trump? Do you think that was right? They knew this had happened to President Biden before the election, but they kept it a secret from the American public and he goes on ’60 Minutes’ and criticizes President Trump even knowing what he has done.”
On November 18th, Garland appointed prosecutor Jack Smith as a special counsel to investigate the retention of classified documents by Trump and the 45th president’s attempts to challenge the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
Throughout his nearly two years in office, Biden has regularly visited his home in Wilmington.
Given the frequency of his visits, The Post has repeatedly requested information about the people the president meets with at his home. However, the Secret Service has maintained that they do not keep records of visitors to the home and the White House has refused to reveal that information.