On Tuesday, President Biden said that he is ignorant of the papers from his tenure as president that were found in a former private office of his. He added that he was shocked that such records were kept there. President Biden said he was astonished that such records were kept there.
After being told on this finding, I was startled to hear that any government documents had been moved there to that office. However, I am unaware of the contents of the papers. In response to a question posed to him at the North American Leaders Summit in Mexico, Biden said that “my lawyers have not advised I inquire what papers they were.”
When Biden finally addressed the issue, it was the first time he had done so since the finding was first disclosed on Monday night.
After reports surfaced that the White House was cooperating with the Justice Department regarding a review of documents found in a University of Pennsylvania office in Washington that once belonged to Biden between his time as president and his campaign for the presidency in 2020, Biden’s special counsel confirmed in a statement that this was indeed the case. The statement was issued after the reports surfaced.
“It’s common knowledge that I treat secret materials and information with the utmost respect. When my attorneys were cleaning up my office at the University of Pennsylvania, they discovered certain papers stored in a box inside a locked cabinet or closet. And as soon as they did that, they learned there were multiple secret papers in that box, and they did what they should have done,” Biden added. “And that’s exactly what happened.”
In addition, he said that “they immediately phoned the Archives, instantly called the Archives, and gave them over to the Archives.”
“Not only have I handed over the boxes, but they have also handed over the boxes to the Archives. In addition, we are providing our full cooperation to the evaluation, which, if everything goes according to plan, should be completed very soon. And further information will be provided at that time,” Biden said.
In November, just a few days before the very important midterm elections, attorneys for Biden uncovered the records, and the next day, they handed them over to the agency where they belonged. CBS News was the first to break the story on the finding of the papers.
The Presidential Records Act stipulates that both the president and the vice president are responsible for delivering papers to the National Archives so that they may be safely archived.
The disclosure almost instantly sparked similarities to a search conducted by the FBI on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property. During that search, federal authorities took sensitive materials as part of a larger investigation into whether or not the information was handled improperly.
The new Republican majority in the House of Representatives was already gearing up to start a wide range of inquiries against the administration of President Joe Biden when it received rumors that sensitive papers had been found in an office that had previously been used by Biden.