Attorneys for President Joe Biden found more confidential documents than previously known at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, the White House confirmed on Saturday.
White House Counsel Richard Sauber reported in a statement that overall six pages of secret documents during a search in Biden’s private library. The White House had previously said only one page was found there.
This latest revelation adds to that Discovery of documents found in Biden’s garage in December and by others in his former offices at the Penn Biden Center in Washington in Novembercorresponding to his time as Vice President.
The apparent misuse of secret official documents and records by then-President Barack Obama’s administration is being investigated by a former federal attorney, Robert Hur, who was appointed special prosecutor by Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday.
Sauber said in a statement Saturday that Biden’s personal attorneys, who were not authorized to access classified material, stopped their search after finding the front page Wednesday night. Sauber found the remaining footage Thursday and facilitated its recovery by the Justice Department.
“While I was handing them to Justice Department officials accompanying me, another five pages of classified material markings were discovered underneath the material, for a total of six pages,” said Sauber. “The Justice Department officials who were with me immediately took possession of them.”
Sauber previously stated that the White House “is confident that a thorough review will show that these documents were inadvertently transmitted and that the President and his attorneys acted quickly upon discovering this error.”
Sauber’s statement did not explain exactly why the White House waited two days to count the number of confidential documents. The White House is already facing scrutiny because it waited more than two months to confirm the discovery of the first batch of documents in Biden’s office.
Asked if Biden could guarantee no more classified documents would turn up in a new search, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters Thursday, “You have to assume it’s closed, yes .”
On Saturday, Sauber reiterated that the White House would cooperate with the Hur investigation.
Bob Bauer, the president’s personal counsel, said his legal team “attempted to balance the importance of public transparency, where appropriate, with established standards and necessary constraints to protect the integrity of investigations.”