FBI finds no classified documents at Biden’s Delaware vacation home



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The FBI has completed its search of President Joe Biden’s home in Rowboth Beach, Delaware, and no classified documents were found, Biden’s personal attorney said Wednesday.

Bob Bauer, Biden’s lawyer, said the FBI took handwritten notes and some material with him for further review. The investigation lasted three and a half hours.

“The Department of Justice’s planned investigation of the President’s Rehoboth residences, conducted in coordination and cooperation with the President’s attorneys, has been completed,” Bauer said. “The search was conducted from 8:30 a.m. to noon.”

“No classified documents found,” he said.

Bauer said that like last month’s search of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, agents “took for further review certain materials and handwritten notes that appear to be related to his time as Vice President.”

Bauer confirmed earlier this morning that investigators were searching the home. The investigation was designed and had the “full support and cooperation” of Biden, Bauer said.

“In accordance with the Department of Justice’s standard procedures, in the interest of operational security and integrity, it sought to do this work without prior public notification, and we agreed to cooperate,” Bauer said. “Today’s search is a further step in a thorough and timely DOJ process that we will continue to fully support and facilitate. We will have more information at the end of today’s investigation.”

Reporters stationed in the coastal community noticed black sport utility vehicles and sedans arriving at the house in the morning.

Biden’s personal lawyers previously searched the Rehoboth home on Jan. 11 and found no classified documents.

The FBI’s investigation in Rehoboth marks the third known instance that federal agents have searched properties associated with Biden for classified material.

The FBI previously searched Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, discovering what his lawyer described as numerous items containing classified material. This survey was conducted on January 20. Biden’s lawyers had previously found documents at the Wilmington home and suspended their search at a specific location where additional documents were found. It’s unclear whether the documents the FBI found were in the same space or elsewhere in the home.

The FBI also searched the Washington office of the Penn Biden Center in mid-November after Biden’s lawyers first discovered classified material in a locked closet at the think tank.

None of the searches, including Wednesday’s in Rehoboth, required a warrant, according to people familiar with the matter. Biden’s team said it is working with the Justice Department as the investigation into the documents progresses.

Biden bought his home in Rehoboth after leaving the vice presidency. He and his wife occasionally spend weekends there, most recently from January 20-23.

The investigation comes the day the Justice Department announced that special counsel Robert Hurr has officially begun his job overseeing the investigation into Biden’s handling of classified documents. Hur takes over for U.S. Attorney John Lausch, who conducted an initial review that has since become a full criminal investigation.

Hurr, who previously served as U.S. attorney in Maryland, was nominated to the post by then-President Donald Trump in 2017. He served in the role until his resignation in 2021. On the job, Hurr was instrumental in several – profile cases, including a children’s book scandal involving then-Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh that resulted in Pugh being sentenced to three years in prison.

He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate as U.S. attorney in 2018, and at the time received praise from both of Maryland’s Democratic senators, who expressed confidence in his ability to handle critical issues facing the state.

Prior to his time at the DOJ, Hur clerked for Chief Justice William Rehnquist and also clerked for a federal appellate judge, Alex Kozinski.

This story has been updated with additional reports.

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