Well, well, well, the FBI had a busy weekend looking for even more classified documents in President Joe Biden’s stuff. They searched his home on Friday with the president’s consent. Experts agree that officials would have gotten federal investigators to give a search warrant. This allowed the White House to say the search was “voluntary.”
Joseph Fitzpatrick, the Assistant U.S. Attorney, believes that the FBI executed a planned, consensual search of Biden’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware.
Bob Bauer, Biden’s personal lawyer, stated the new search, “DOJ took possession of materials it deemed within the scope of its inquiry, including 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.”
He went further indicating that the DOJ took personally handwritten notes from Biden’s time as vice president.
Bauer also said that the FBI asked the White House not to comment on the search until it was over. He claimed that the FBI had full access to the Wilmington home, including files, binders, to-do lists, and more going back decades from the president’s office.
Andy McCarthy, the former Chief Asst. U.S. Attorney said that Biden did not consent to the FBI search because he wanted to cooperate, he consented because of the issue of probable cause of crimes.
“If he didn’t agree, next step would’ve been special counsel getting a search warrant (ie, judicial finding of probable cause). Wanted to avoid that,” McCarthy said.
McCarthy also wanted it to be clear that they didn’t just find six classified documents, they found “six items consisting of documents with classified markings.”
One item could be a box of classified documents.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) thought it was significant that some of the documents came from Biden’s time in the Senate and that means they are decades old.
Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) said, “All the way back to the Senate years. Sounds like a pattern of serial contempt for the law.”