WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s aides found another batch of classified documents dating from the Obama administration at a second location associated with the president, according to published reports.
The New York Times, NBC News and CNN, all citing unnamed sources, said that the documents were found at a location separate from the Washington office Biden used after his term as vice president ended in 2017.
It is unclear where or when the documents were recovered, the Times reported.
Breaking News: Aides to President Biden are said to have found a second set of classified documents dating back to the Obama administration at another location. It is not clear where or when the documents were recovered. https://t.co/BtLirJvUoT— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 11, 2023
The discovery of the second batch of documents was first reported by NBC News earlier Wednesday.
On Tuesday, Biden said that he was “surprised” when he was told that government records were found in his former office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement by his attorneys, according to The Associated Press. Biden told reporters in Mexico City that his attorneys did exactly what they should have done by contacting the National Archives.
The documents that Biden’s attorneys voluntarily returned to the archives in November had not been logged as missing, the Times reported. It was unclear if the newly discovered documents had been flagged by the National Archives, according to the newspaper.
A spokesperson for the National Archives had no comment.
The first group of documents was discovered on Nov. 2, six days before the midterm elections, CNN reported. The president’s attorneys on Monday publicly acknowledged their discovery for the first time, according to the cable news outlet. CBS News was the first news outlet to report on the initial discovery of the classified documents.
A White House spokesperson and a member of the president’s legal team did not immediately return requests for comment by the Times about the second group of documents. A spokesperson for the Justice Department declined to comment, according to the newspaper.
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