Wednesday, June 19, 2024

FBI Searched Penn Biden Center in November

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agents searched President 's former office at the Penn Biden Center in mid-November, shortly after attorneys discovered from the Obama administration in a closet.

Senior officials told CBS News a search warrant wasn't needed as the White House had cooperated with investigators.

No one in the or with law enforcement disclosed that a search took place until today's reporting.

CBS News explains:

Mr. Biden used the 6th-floor office space near the Capitol periodically between 2017 and 2019. The opened its doors in 2018.  

The FBI search of the think tank was not previously disclosed by the White House, Mr. Biden's personal attorneys, or the . A Jan. 14 statement from the president's personal attorney Bob Bauer referred to the government conducting “its inquiry, including taking possession of any documents and reviewing any surrounding material for further review and context.”

When the FBI conducted a consensual search of Mr. Biden's home in Wilmington on Jan. 20, Bauer and the White House announced it the following day.

Personal attorneys for Mr. Biden declined to comment. The Justice Department and FBI also declined comment. White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield responded to questions about the FBI search in an appearance on and referred questions to the Justice Department.

“That's not something I can comment on from here,” Bedingfield said. “That's something you'll need to ask the Justice Department. What I can say is that we have been cooperative and transparent from the outset. We put out multiple statements from the president's personal attorney describing the process and being that the president takes this seriously, and that he cooperated and will continue to cooperate with the Justice Department in full.”

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