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WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI searched the College of Delaware in latest weeks for categorized paperwork as a part of its investigation into the potential mishandling of sensitive government records by President Joe Biden.

The search, first reported by CNN, was confirmed to The Related Press by an individual acquainted with the matter who was not licensed to debate it publicly and spoke on situation of anonymity. The particular person wouldn’t say whether or not something was discovered.

A Justice Department special counsel is investigating how categorized paperwork from Biden’s time as vice chairman and senator got here to wind up in his residence and former workplace — and whether or not any mishandling concerned felony intent or was unintentional. Biden’s private attorneys disclosed in January {that a} small batch of documents with categorized markings had been discovered weeks earlier in his former Washington workplace, and so they have since allowed FBI searches of a number of properties.

The college is Biden’s alma mater. In 2011, Biden donated his records from his 36 years serving within the U.S. Senate to the college. The paperwork arrived June 6, 2012, in response to the college, which launched images of the numbered containers being unloaded on the college alongside blue and gold balloons.

Beneath the phrases of Biden’s reward, the information are to stay sealed till two years after he retires from public life.

Biden’s Senate information wouldn’t be coated by the presidential information act, although prohibitions on mishandling categorized info would nonetheless apply.

The White Home referred inquiries to the Justice Division, which declined to remark. The College of Delaware additionally referred inquiries to the Justice Division.

The college is the fourth recognized entity to be searched by the FBI following inspections of his former workplace on the Penn Biden Heart in Washington, the place information with categorized markings have been initially present in a locked closet by Biden’s private attorneys in November, and extra not too long ago of his Delaware houses in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach.

These searches have been all performed voluntarily and with the consent of Biden’s authorized staff.

The FBI took six objects that contained paperwork with categorized markings throughout its January search of the Wilmington residence, Biden’s private lawyer has mentioned. Brokers didn’t discover categorized paperwork on the Rehoboth Seashore property however did take some handwritten notes and different supplies referring to Biden’s time as vice chairman for overview.

The Justice Division is separately investigating the retention by former President Donald Trump of roughly 300 paperwork marked as categorized at his Florida property, Mar-a-Lago. The FBI served a search warrant on the residence final August after months of resistance by Trump and his representatives to returning the paperwork to the federal government.

The FBI also searched the Indiana home of former Vice President Mike Pence final week after his attorneys got here ahead to say they’d discovered a small variety of paperwork with categorized markings. A Pence adviser mentioned one extra doc with categorized markings was discovered throughout that search.


Related Press writers Colleen Lengthy and Seung Min Kim in Washington contributed to this report.

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