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The Department of Justice decided not to monitor President Joe Biden’s attorneys as they searched for classified documents he may have mishandled after he was vice president to former President Obama.
The Department of Justice had considered sending FBI agents to watch the search but decided it wanted to avoid “complicating” the investigation considering the president’s legal team had cooperated, The Wall Street Journal reported. It happened after 10 classified documents were found at the Penn Biden Center and his attorneys met with authorities in the Department of Justice to prepare to search other properties it was agreed that Biden’s attorneys were to conduct the search and did not need immediate oversight from the FBI, sources said.
There is no evidence that the president’s legal team has any type of security clearance to review such documents.
Those deliberations, which haven’t previously been reported, shed new light on how the Biden team’s efforts to cooperate with investigators have thus far helped it avoid more aggressive actions by law enforcement.
In the week since news reports first surfaced about the documents, the incident has drawn parallels to the discovery of a much larger number of documents at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida, which federal agents obtained a warrant to search in August after more than a year of negotiations between Mr. Trump’s lawyers, the National Archives and the Justice Department and after Mr. Trump’s lawyers said all documents had been returned.
And that is not the only current scandal surrounding the president.
Former President Donald Trump has weighed in on the fact that the Secret Service said there are no visitor logs from the Wilmington, Delaware home of President Joe Biden.
“The White House just announced that there are no LOGS or information of any kind on visitors to the Wilmington house and flimsy, unlocked, and unsecured, but now very famous, garage. Maybe they are smarter than we think! This is one of the seemingly many places where HIGHLY CLASSIFIED documents are stored (in a big pile on the damp floor),” the former president said on Truth Social.
“Mar-a-Lago is a highly secured facility, with Security Cameras all over the place, and watched over by staff & our great Secret Service. I have INFO on everyone!” he said.
Fox News reporter Peter Doocy revealed concerning news after a lack of transparency on visitor logs from President Joe Biden’s Delaware home. This comes as classified documents were discovered in Biden’s Wilmington garage as well as his think tank.
“And Dana, some news this morning. We are learning there are no visitor logs, chronicling who comes and goes from the president’s house in Wilmington. An official at the White House Counsel’s Office is telling me that like every president in modern history, a personal residence is personal. They make the distinction that unlike the previous administration, the Trump Administration, they are committed at the White House to being transparent about White House visitor logs. But in terms of what Republicans on the Hill are asking for, a record of who may have been in the Wilmington residence and potentially had access to the areas where these documents were found, it does not appear that that exists. It would have to be done, it sounds like, retroactively,” Doocy said while outside the White House.
“There are no visitor logs for President Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, the White House Counsel’s office said in a Monday statement. Republicans on Capitol Hill demanded the visitor logs this weekend following revelations that Biden’s lawyers had discovered a stash of classified documents inside the home’s garage. While it is common practice to keep comprehensive visitor logs at the White House, Biden’s lawyers say no such record exists for his home in Delaware,” Fox News reported.
“Like every President in decades of modern history, his personal residence is personal,” the White House Counsel’s office told Fox News. “But upon taking office, President Biden restored the norm and tradition of keeping White House visitors logs, including publishing them regularly, after the previous administration ended them.”
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The U.S. Secret Service revealed on Sunday that while a protection unit is assigned to Biden’s Delaware home, they do not record visitors.
“We don’t independently maintain our own visitor logs because it’s a private residence,” spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told reporters.