A scandal which he would probably have done well. “A small number” confidential documents dating from the time when Joe Biden was vice-president were found in his private residence in Wilmington, Delaware, the White House reported on Thursday, January 12.
A dozen documents of this type had already been found in a former office of Joe Biden in Washington. No documents were however found in his residence in the seaside town of Rehoboth, in this state on the east coast, said Presidential Counsel, Richard Sauber. Gold, un 1978 law obliges American presidents and vice-presidents to transmit all their e-mails, letters and other working documents to the National Archives.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed an independent prosecutor to investigate the documents. “I signed a document appointing Robert Hur as special prosecutor” who “authorizes it to investigate any person or entity that may have violated the law” in this case, he said in a short speech.
Joe Biden assured “cooperate” with justice
The President of the United States assured “cooperate fully” with American justice during a brief exchange with the press. “We are confident that a careful investigation will show that these documents were inadvertently misplaced and that the President and his attorneys acted promptly upon discovering this error.”for his part, said the lawyer for the presidency, Richard Sauber, in a press release on Thursday.
For his part, the Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, immediately called on Congress to investigate.
The revelations are embarrassing for the Democratic president, with authorities investigating his Republican predecessor Donald Trump’s handling of his own presidential archives for months. The FBI had seized thousands of documents, including a hundred classified defense secrets, in the private club in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, where the billionaire has lived since his departure from the White House.