The FBI is searching President Joe Biden’s Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, residence on Wednesday as a special counsel investigation into his handling of classified material officially opens.
“Today, with the full support and cooperation of the President, the Department of Justice is planning a search of his home in Rehoboth, Delaware,” Bob Ball, Biden’s personal attorney, wrote in a statement.
“In accordance with the DOJ’s standard procedure, for the sake of operational safety and integrity, it attempted to conduct this work without prior public notice, and we agreed to cooperate,” Bauer said. “Today’s search is another step in a comprehensive and timely DOJ process that we will continue to fully support and facilitate. We will have more information at the conclusion of today’s search.”
Reporters in the coastal community observed black sport utility vehicles and sedans arriving at the home in the middle of the morning.
The FBI raid in Rehoboth marked the third time federal agents have searched properties tied to Biden for classified material.
The FBI previously searched Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, and found multiple items that his attorney said contained classified material. The search took place on January 20th.
The FBI also raided the Washington offices of the Biden Center in Pennsylvania in mid-November after Biden’s lawyers first discovered classified material in a locked closet at a think tank.
After Biden stepped down as vice president, he purchased his home in Rehoboth. He and his wife spend occasional weekends there, most recently January 20-23.
The search came on the day the Justice Department announced that special counsel Robert Hull had officially begun its investigation into overseeing Biden’s handling of classified documents. Hur succeeds U.S. Attorney John Lausch, who conducted the initial review that has since become a full-scale criminal investigation.
Hur, who previously served as U.S. Attorney in Maryland, was nominated by then-President Donald Trump in 2017 for the job, a post he held until his resignation in 2021. Personal data cases, including a children’s book scandal involving then-Baltimore mayor Katherine Pugh that resulted in Pugh being sentenced to three years in prison.
He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve as U.S. attorney in 2018, when he was praised by two Democratic senators from Maryland who expressed confidence in his ability to handle key issues facing the state.
Before joining the U.S. Department of Justice, Hur served as a legal clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist and as a clerk to federal appellate judge Alex Kozinski.
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