FBI searched President Biden's former office at Penn Biden Center in November

Robert Moran and Jonathan Tamari, The Philadelphia Inquirer on

Published in Political News

PHILADELPHIA — The FBI conducted a previously undisclosed search in November of President Joe Biden’s former office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, D.C., after his personal lawyers found classified documents there earlier that month, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

It is unclear if any new classified documents were found in the mid-November FBI search, which was conducted with the cooperation of Biden’s representatives, according to CBS News, which first reported on the search.

A spokesperson for the University of Pennsylvania on Tuesday referred questions to the Department of Justice, which declined to comment. The White House also declined to comment.

The FBI search followed the Nov. 2 discovery of around 10 documents in a locked closet at the Penn Biden Center as the president’s personal attorneys were clearing out the office, located a short distance from the U.S. Capitol. The center was created in 2018 after Biden served as vice president.

On Jan. 20, the FBI conducted a consensual search of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware. The next day, an attorney for Biden announced that six classified documents were found during the 13-hour search. Other records and notes were taken by the FBI as well. Biden’s legal team also found classified records at the Wilmington residence during an earlier review.

A total of 25 to 30 classified documents from his time as vice president and a senator have been found at Biden’s home and at the Penn Biden Center, CBS News reported.


The politically charged controversy over classified documents first erupted last August when the FBI raided the Mar-a-Lago estate of former President Donald Trump. Since then, more than 300 documents marked classified have been recovered from Mar-a-Lago and a South Florida storage unit.

A reportedly small number of classified documents also were found recently in the Indiana home of former Vice President Mike Pence. A lawyer for Pence said the documents were turned over to the FBI.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed a special counsel to lead an investigation into how the documents ended up at Biden’s home and former office and whether any laws were broken.

Trump is facing an investigation by a separate special counsel after repeatedly refusing federal efforts to recover classified and official records at his Florida estate.


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