(CNN) — A source told CNN that many classified documents were found in the private office of US President Joe Biden dating back to the period when he was former Vice President Barack Obama.
The source added that the National Archives referred the matter to the Ministry of Justice for further investigations after finding those documents in November.
Biden’s lawyers found the documents while clearing out an office in Washington that Biden used when he was professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania from 2017 to 2019, according to the source.
The source said that less than a dozen confidential documents were found in the office, and it is unclear what documents they were or why they were taken to this office.
Government office holders are required by law to relinquish official documents and confidential records upon termination of their government service.
“The White House is cooperating with the National Archives and the Department of Justice regarding finding what appear to be records of the Obama-Biden administration, including a small number of classified documents,” said Richard Sauber, a special counsel to Biden.
He added, “These documents were found by the president’s attorney, and were not the subject of any previous request or inquiry by the archive. Since this discovery, the president’s personal attorneys have cooperated with the archive and the Department of Justice in a process to ensure proper possession of the documents.”
A source told CNN that Biden was not aware of the existence of classified documents in the office, and remains unaware of what the documents are.
On the other hand, former US President Donald Trump said on his “Truth Social” platform: “When will the FBI raid many of Joe Biden’s homes, and perhaps even the White House? Certainly these documents have not been declassified.”
A member of Trump’s legal team told CNN that they are watching this investigation closely to see how the Justice Department handles this.
It is noteworthy that CBS was the first to report the news of finding the documents, and stated that Attorney General Merrick Garland assigned the Chicago Attorney General to review the matter.
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