According to a recent report, the FBI search that located the fourth batch of misplaced classified documents in President Joe Biden’s Delaware home was requested by White House lawyers.
On Friday, the FBI conducted a 13-hour search in the Wilmington, Delaware home. The Department of Justice had previously stated that the search was “consensual” but had not disclosed whose decision it was to call the search. According to the latest NBC News reports it was the White House that requested that the House be searched.
Since November there have been four batches of classified documents found in Biden’s possession. The first batch was found in Biden’s private office in Washington, D.C., while the remaining three batches were located in Biden’s Wilmington home.
Joseph D. Fitzpatrick, an assistant U.S. attorney to U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch, informed Fox News of the planned and consensual search that took place. According to the report the FBI along with Department of Justice Personnel started their search at 9:45 a.m. and concluded at 10:30 p.m. Lausch, who prior to the assignment of special counsel Robert Hur, had led the case, remains active in the case and was the one to coordinate the search efforts.
Bob Bauer, Biden’s lawyer, was also present during the search and reiterated that the President was fully willing to cooperate with the DOJ’s investigation. He added that the FBI search was conducted as a way of moving the entire process forward as swiftly as possible.