This week, a US judge found six additional classified documents in Joe Biden’s family home, another development in an already deeply embarrassing case for the US president.
“The Department of Justice seized documents (…) relevant to its investigation, including six items consisting of “secret” documents, during a Friday search of the home owned by the president in Wilmington, Delaware (East). , in a press release released Saturday by Bob Bauer, his personal attorney.
Joe Biden’s attorney determines that the files in question correspond to two phases of the 80-year-old Democrat’s political life: on the one hand, his long career of more than 30 years in the Senate from Delaware, and on the other hand, his tenure as Barack Obama’s vice president between 2009 and 2017.
This new discovery adds to a series of revelations in quirks and scrapes in recent days that have put the White House in a very delicate position.
Joe Biden, through his attorney, admitted on January 9 that classified documents had been discovered as early as November at a think tank in Washington, where he had an office.
Then the Democratic president admitted on January 12 to finding other sensitive files at his home in Wilmington.
However, the 1978 law requires US presidents and vice presidents to send all emails, letters, and other business documents to the National Archives.
The case is particularly embarrassing for the US president, who plans to declare himself a candidate for the 2024 presidential election.
He tried, during a trip to California a few days ago, to reduce the outcry about the discovery of these documents.
The US president told reporters who questioned him on this subject: “Listen, we found some documents (…) that were stored in the wrong place, and we immediately handed them over to the archives and the Ministry of Justice.”
He said: “I do not regret.”
His lawyers assert, on the one hand, that the 46th President of the United States “accidentally” removed these sensitive files, and on the other hand, he confirms that he cooperates fully with justice.
The goal of the White House is clear: to distinguish itself as much as possible from former President Donald Trump, who has already started a new race for the White House.
The billionaire is under investigation for taking several boxes of official documents to his residence in Florida.
If the two cases are not quite comparable, the subject is nonetheless fraught with danger for Joe Biden, who presents himself as a tough and rule-abiding president.
In the case of Donald Trump as in the case of Joe Biden, the Department of Justice, anxious to avoid any accusation of bias, entrusted the investigation of classified documents to private prosecutors.