On Saturday, the White House announced that five more pages of classified information were found at President Biden’s Delaware home, bringing the total to six pages discovered this week. The additional pages were found hours after a White House statement on Thursday that cited only one page found in a storage area adjacent to the garage of the President’s home in Wilmington. The Justice Department has appointed a special counsel to investigate President Biden’s handling of sensitive records.
The White House has faced criticism over its public disclosures, including why it did not reveal the discoveries earlier, and why, when it acknowledged on Monday that some classified files had been found at Mr. Biden’s office on Nov. 2, it did not indicate that more had been found at his house the next month. President Biden’s lead personal lawyer, Bob Bauer, said in a statement on Saturday that Mr. Biden’s legal team had tried to balance being transparent with “the established norms and limitations necessary to protect the investigation’s integrity.”
In his statement, Bauer cited multiple reasons for not being fully forthcoming about the matter, including the potential compromise of the investigation by identifying witnesses, documents, or events. He also mentioned the risk of earlier statements being “incomplete” as more information emerges.
The discovery of classified documents from President Biden’s time as Vice President at his Delaware home and an office he used before beginning his 2020 campaign for the White House has prompted the Justice Department to investigate the situation. The case has put President Biden in the spotlight alongside former President Donald Trump, who is also under investigation by a special prosecutor for how he handled classified documents.