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REPORT: Classified documents from Biden’s tenure as VP were found at his UPenn office

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Attorney General Merrick Garland has asked the U.S. attorney in Chicago to evaluate documents that were discovered at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington and are designated confidential. According to the sources, the approximately ten documents came from Vice President Biden’s office. The FBI is also participating in the U.S. attorney’s investigation, CBS News has learned.

The Penn Biden Center is a think tank associated with the University of Pennsylvania and named after the current president. It is located in Washington, D.C., approximately a mile from the White House.

Before the midterm elections, on November 2, Mr. Biden’s personal attorneys discovered the data, according to Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president. Sauber said in a statement to CBS News, that the records were found as Mr. Biden’s private attorneys were packaging files kept in a locked cupboard to preparation to evacuate office space at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C.

The sources also claimed that the files were stored in a folder that was housed in a box along with other unclassified materials. Neither the contents of the papers nor their degree of classification were disclosed.

John Lausch, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, was given the task by Garland of determining how the documents tagged as classified wound up at the Penn Biden Center. The assessment is seen as a first step, and the attorney general will decide if more research is required, maybe even hiring a special counsel.

The Illinois Official is one of only two active U.S. attorneys from the Trump administration remaining in office. He was appointed to the position by the previous president Donald Trump. The other is Delaware’s US Attorney David Weiss, who is in charge of the probe of President Biden’s son, Hunter Biden.

Lausch recently briefed Garland and will eventually deliver a final report to him. The evaluation is anticipated to be finished soon.

All presidential and vice presidential papers must be given up to the National Archives in accordance with the Presidential Records Act. In order to protect sensitive information, there are certain processes in place.

When his attorney disclosed the existence of the records to the White House counsel’s office in November, President Biden was made aware of their existence. The president and his staff said that they were not previously aware of their contents, according to sources. The records are said to be kept in a safe place in Washington right now.

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