U.S. prosecutors are now considering possible searches of other locations linked to President Joe Biden after the Department of Justice (DOJ) found yet more classified files in his possession, it was reported late on Saturday.
Federal officials are ‘considering whether to seek searches’ of additional areas after six additional items were found at Biden’s Wilmington home, according to CBS News.
The news broke while he was at his Rehoboth Beach vacation property.
Meanwhile, Republicans are knives out for the president amid the growing scandal.
House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. James Comer said his investigation into the Biden family was moving into its ‘next phase,’ which reportedly involves both the classified documents and the president’s finances – along with those of his son Hunter Biden.
‘We’ll be looking at bank statements. We’ll be looking at bank violations,’ Comer told the Washington Examiner.
President Joe Biden is at his Rehoboth Beach property this weekend while more classified files were found in his Wilmington home
‘That’s the next phase of our investigation because we’re trying to figure out who these anonymous sources are that are sending so much money to the Biden family schemes – the Biden Center for Diplomacy and Hunter Biden’s artwork.’
Investigating the Biden family and its finances has been a top priority for Comer and House Republicans ever since clinching the chamber majority late last year.
But the president is also being investigated by a special counsel, appointed by his own Attorney General Merrick Garland, over his handling of classified records.
The latest discovery reportedly brings the total number of classified files found to between 25 and 30.
It’s not immediately clear how many of the six documents revealed on Saturday were top secret in nature.
But the documents found Saturday range from Biden’s three-decade tenure in the Senate and his time as Barack Obama’s vice president.
The DOJ searched Biden’s Delaware residency for more than 12 hours, according to a statement by the president’s personal lawyer revealing the new documents.
Pictures of the entrance to President Joe Biden’s lake front home in Wilmington, DE
‘DOJ requested that the search not be made public in advance, in accordance with its standard procedures, and we agreed to cooperate,’ the statement read.
Lawyer Bob Bauer maintained that Justice officials had ‘full access’ to the Wilmington-area home, where classified documents had also been found earlier this month.
‘DOJ took possession of materials it deemed within the scope of its inquiry, including six items consisting of documents with classification markings and surrounding materials, some of which were from the President’s service in the Senate and some of which were from his tenure as Vice President,’ the statement read.
‘DOJ also took for further review personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years.’
Donald Trump, the former president who is Biden’s political arch rival, seized on the debacle to once again declare his own innocence.
‘They created this Documents mess for themselves by being so totally DERANGED about me, and I did NOTHING WRONG!!!’ Trump wrote on his social media app Truth Social.
Trump is also being investigated for his handling of classified records, which he reportedly lied to investigators about having, resulting in an FBI raid on his home last summer to recover the top secret files.
Biden, by contrast, has said he is taking the investigation ‘seriously’ and working with officials at the DOJ and National Archives every step of the way.
But Republican critics of the Democratic president have called that into question after Saturday’s discovery.
‘AGAIN?!? How in the HELL do they keep screwing this up?? As Biden repeatedly says, “everyone knows how seriously I take classified documents.” Yes. Yes we do,’ Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz wrote on Twitter.
Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Scott Perry, a member of the House Oversight Committee, echoed Biden’s own words: ‘Everyone know i how seriously I take classified documents.’
‘I guess the operative words here were, “I take,”‘ Perry wrote.