According to the White House, the US law department is looking at confidential documents that were discovered in President Joe Biden’s former office at a think tank.
The National Archives has collected the batch.
Donald Trump, Mr. Biden’s predecessor, is being investigated for moving sensitive documents to Florida after leaving office.
The investigation into the sensitive materials discovered at the Penn Biden Center is reportedly involving the FBI, and US Attorney General Merrick Garland has been asked to evaluate the documents, according to the BBC’s US partner CBS News.
According to Mr. Biden’s attorney, they pertain to the time when he served as vice president. However, it’s unknown what the documents pertain to, how classified they are, or why they were placed there.
According to a source with information on the situation, the batch was housed in a folder with other unclassified files and did not include nuclear secrets.
The files were found right before the midterm elections by Biden attorneys who were cleaning out the office space, according to Richard Sauber, special counsel to President Biden, who spoke in a statement to CBS on Monday.
From 2017 through 2020, Mr. Biden had a desk at the think tank, which is a mile away from the White House.
His comments however, did not address why the discovery, which was made soon before the midterm elections, was not made public for two months.
On CBS in September, President Biden was asked to comment on a picture of the papers found at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.
How could somebody be that careless, the president questioned.
On Monday, Mr. Trump responded on his social media platform Truth Social, asking: “When is the FBI going to raid the many homes of Joe Biden, perhaps even the White House?”
For reportedly refusing to turn over roughly 300 secret materials that he took to Mar-a-Lago after leaving office, Mr. Trump is under investigation.
In that case, the authorities received a tip from the National Archives.
The Biden files were uncovered just before the Justice Department indicated that it would choose whether to charge Mr. Trump criminally for the materials recovered at his golf club.