After classified documents had been found Monday at the Penn Biden Center in one office, Tuesday another batch was found in a different office, and now on Thursday a third set of documents were found at Biden’s Delaware house next to his Corvette in his garage. Though also on Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced he would appoint a special counsel to investigate Biden’s handling of these classified documents after the end of the Biden administration. As it has been reported, these documents were from Biden’s time as Vice President and have only now been found over two years after Biden became President. The other big question, besides wondering why Biden had been these documents, was what were the documents pertaining to?
Biden’s Reaction: Biden recently addressed this matter a couple times, as things came out. While at the North American Leaders Summit in Mexico City, according to Fox News, he stated “let me get rid of the easy one first … People know I take classified documents and classified information seriously. They [his personal attorneys] did what they should have done. They immediately called the [National Archives] … turned them over to the Archives, and I was briefed about this discovery and surprised to learn that there were any government records that were taken there to that office … but I don’t know what’s in the documents. My lawyers have not suggested I ask what documents they were.” Though regarding the documents that had been found at his home, Biden told Fox’s Peter Doocy that his “Corvette’s in a locked garage so it’s not like it’s sitting on the street.” Watch that clip below.
DOOCY: "Classified materials next to your Corvette? What were you thinking?!"
BIDEN: "My Corvette's in a locked garage so it's not like it's sitting on the street."
DOOCY: "So the material was in a locked garage?"
BIDEN: "Yes as well as my Corvette." pic.twitter.com/3bbCPNembL
— Danny De Urbina (@dannydeurbina) January 12, 2023
What were these Documents? The documents, which were from Biden’s time as Vice President, were discovered on November 2nd and now January 10th at the Penn Biden Center in an office Biden occupied during his time, between 2017-2019, as the Universities Benjamin Franklin Presidential Professor of the Practice at the University of Pennsylvania. The documents have been reported by CNN to be “Obama-Biden administration records,” with some of them being marked as top-secret with sensitive compartmented information. Then on Thursday January 12th, news broke more documents, of an unknown subject, were found at Biden’s Delaware home.
In addition: According to Fox, at least 10 senior Biden administration officials were hired to their positions, either current or former, after they had worked at the Penn Biden Center. And a few higher-up officials had ties to the center. “Spencer Boyer, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Europe and NATO policy, was a senior fellow; Jeffrey Prescott, the deputy to the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was a strategic consultant; Ariana Berengaut, a senior adviser to the national security adviser, was a director; Michael Carpenter, the U.S. representative to the organization for security and cooperation in Europe, was a managing director; Juan Gonzalez, a special assistant to the president, was a senior fellow; and Carlyn Reichel, a special assistant to Biden and senior director for speech writing and strategic initiatives, was the director of communications at the Penn Biden Center. Brian McKeon was a senior director at the think tank and was the deputy secretary of state for management and resources until last month.”