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In November, President Joe Biden’s legal team discovered a cache of ten classified files locked in a closet at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington. The think tank served as Biden’s office from 2017-2020. The batch of files has since been handed over to the U.S. National Archives and the incident is now the center of an FBI inquiry and a firestorm of controversy after the news broke Monday.

CBS News reported that Attorney General Merrick Garland has assigned the U.S. Attorney in Chicago to review the documents that were marked as classified. The outlet reported that the materials were discovered on Nov. 2, immediately before the midterm election. The White House Counsel informed the National Archives and provided them the following day.

“The discovery of these documents was made by the President’s attorneys,” Sauber said according to CBS. “The documents were not the subject of any previous request or inquiry by the Archives. Since that discovery, the President’s personal attorneys have cooperated with the Archives and the Department of Justice in a process to ensure that any Obama-Biden Administration records are appropriately in the possession of the Archives.”

Former President Donald Trump reacted to the story on Truth Social asking “When is the FBI going to raid the many homes of Joe Biden, perhaps even the White House? These documents were definitely not declassified.”


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Republican Congressman Andy Biggs posted to Truth Social in reaction to the news, “Biden stole classified documents and stored them at his think tank while he was VP. The VP does not have any authority to declassify classified documents. And this ‘think tank’ received $54 million in funding from the CCP. The Biden family highly concerns me. Joe, Hunter, and even ‘Dr.’ Jill. They are compromised and must be investigated.”

Senator Ted Cruz said, “convene a grand jury” via Twitter.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene expressed a similar concern, “Joe Biden took classified documents from the White House when he was Vice President. The VP does NOT have the power to declassify, only POTUS. Joe Biden stole classified documents. This is a very serious crime. DOJ & NARA can’t sweep this under the rug AND persecute Trump.”

House Majority Leader Steve Scalise told Fox News, “For years, when President Biden left office, it looks like he took classified documents with him, and he was very critical of President Trump. So if then-Vice President Biden took classified documents with him and held them for years, and criticized former President Trump during that same time that he had those classified documents, and only after it was uncovered, did he turn them back.”

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