The FBI searched the think tank where President Joe Biden had an office, after the president’s lawyers informed authorities that they discovered classified documents in his possession in November, CBS reported Tuesday.
The mid-November search was conducted with the consent of Biden’s team and no search warrant was sought, two anonymous sources told CBS. It is unknown if more documents were recovered in the FBI search of the Penn Biden Center, the outlet reported.
The White House and the Department of Justice (DOJ) did not disclose this search to the public. Biden’s lawyers had originally found 10 classified documents at the Penn Biden Center on Nov. 2, and more documents were reportedlt found at Biden’s Delaware home Dec. 20, Jan. 11, Jan. 12 and Jan. 20.
Before CBS’s latest report, the only reported search conducted by the FBI was on Jan. 20, when Biden’s team consented to a sweep of his Delaware residence. (RELATED: DOJ Discovers Six More Biden Classified Documents)
On Jan. 20, the “DOJ had full access to the President’s home, including personally handwritten notes, files, papers, binders, memorabilia, to-do lists, schedules, and reminders going back decades,” Biden’s personal lawyer, Bob Bauer, said, noting that the search took more than 12 hours.
The DOJ took “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,” Bauer added. The “DOJ also took for further review personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years.”
The White House and the DOJ kept the discovery of the classified documents a secret from the public for over two months, before CBS reported on a leak Jan. 9. The administration has yet to explain why the president did not come forward about the documents when they were first discovered in November.