Attorney General Merrick Garland has ordered the U.S. attorney in Chicago to review a set of documents that have been marked as classified. The discovery was made by President Biden’s personal attorneys while they were packing files from the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, a think tank established by President Biden in Washington D.C. after he served as Vice President. According to CBS News, two sources with knowledge of the inquiry have confirmed the review.
The President’s lawyers found about 10 documents with classical markings as they were preparing to vacate office space at the center. Richard Sauber, the special counsel to the President, told CBS News that the files were housed in a locked closet. Unlike the documents that were seized from former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence, the material found at the Penn Biden Center had not been requested by the National Archives or subpoenaed by a federal grand jury. It should also be noted that the allegations against Trump have serious difficulties for legal action, in that the former president has asserted all items he had in his possession at his residence in Florida had been declassified by him prior to removal from the White House while he was still in office.
It is the responsibility of the U.S. attorney in Chicago to determine if the material contains any confidential or sensitive information that could put national security at risk. The review is being conducted with utmost care and caution to ensure that the integrity of the documents is preserved, and any sensitive information is protected.
The discovery of these classified documents raises important questions about the management of confidential information and the measures taken to secure it. As the President and his team prepare to vacate their office space, it is imperative that all documents are thoroughly reviewed to ensure that no confidential information is left behind. The U.S. attorney in Chicago has a crucial role to play in this review process, and their work will be closely monitored to ensure that the review is conducted in a fair and impartial manner.