Reports have surfaced that it was the White House lawyers who requested the FBI search President Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Del. home, where a fourth batch of confidential documents was uncovered.
Following the 13-hour search of Biden’s Wilmington home, the Department of Justice officials revealed that the search was “planned” and “consensual.”
Yet the statement didn’t clarify who had initiated the search request.
However, according to an NBC News report, which cited White House sources, it was the White House that initiated the request.
On Friday (January 20), the FBI searched the residence, where a fourth batch of documents — containing six items with classification markings — was discovered since November, and the third batch in Biden’s Wilmington home.
Previous documents were discovered in Biden’s garage, yet it wasn’t clear where this set had been uncovered.
On Saturday (January 21), Assistant U.S. attorney to Illinois’ Northern District’s U.S. Attorney John Lausch, Joseph D. Fitzpatrick, explained that the “FBI executed a planned, consensual search of the President’s residence in Wilmington, Del.”
The FBI and other DOJ personnel arrived at Biden’s house at 9:45 a.m. on Friday, leaving nearly 13 hours later at 10:30 p.m.
Lausch has been a central figure in the investigation as special counsel Robert Hur gets up to speed.
Also on Saturday, White House special counsel Bob Bauer repeated that Biden and his attorneys were “fully” cooperating with the DOJ.
Bauer added that the White House “offered to provide prompt access to [Biden’s] home” to move “the process forward as expeditiously as possible.”