Democrats expressed concern that more discoveries of classified documents at President Biden’s private home and a former office will overshadow his agenda and lead to more Republican-led investigations in the House. The Justice Department searched Biden’s home in Wilmington, De., for more than 12 hours Friday, an examination that found items with classified markings, says the Wall Street Journal. “Let’s be honest about it. When that information is found, it diminishes the stature of any person who is in possession of it, because it’s not supposed to happen,” Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) told CNN. Friday’s search marked at least the fifth time that officials uncovered secret material connected to Biden in an improper location. Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH called the president “a serial classified document hoarder” on CBS. Biden has suggested that the classified documents’ contents aren’t significant.
Attorney General Merrick Garland named Robert Hur as special counsel to investigate the matter. Unlike the previous searches for classified documents connected to Biden, Friday’s was conducted by FBI agents. The search wrapped up on Friday night after 10 p.m., and Mr. Biden’s lawyer disclosed it Saturday evening. Language used by Biden attorney Bob Bauer appeared to mimic FBI terminology used to catalog evidence removed in a search, and suggests agents may have removed dozens of documents. In an inventory of items FBI agents removed from former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort last year evidence identified as a single “item” ranged from one box with around 100 government documents, 70 empty sensitive folders, another 100 news clippings, to another “item” described as consisting of two documents.