John Lausch, a Trump-appointed U.S. attorney, is set to investigate the case of the classified documents found in Biden’s office.
Lausch was appointed in November of 2017 by former President Donald Trump and was briefed about the investigation by Attorney General Merrick Garland. Upon reviewing the documents Lausch is going to submit a report to Garland of his findings.
The White House has said that the Justice Department is going to be reviewing all of the documents that were found bearing a classified marking in Biden’s office space at the Penn Biden Center. Biden had used that space from 2017 until he launched his 2020 presidential campaign. The documents in question were found by Biden’s personal attorneys while they were clearing the space on Nov. 2, 2022.
According to Garland’s statements and a CBS News report, the review is the first step in order to determine whether a Special counsel is necessary for further investigation into the case.
The Biden administration has said that as soon as the documents were located they immediately contacted the National Archives and Records Administration and collected them on the next day. The documents had been found in a locked closet in Biden’s former office
Richard A. Sauber, a special White House Counsel said that the documents were accidentally found and they were not a part of a “request or inquiry by the Archives.” He added that since the initial recovery, Biden and his attorneys have collaborated fully with both the Archives and the Department of Justice to ensure that the records are correctly placed in the possession of the Archives.