FBI Conducts Search of President Biden’s Delaware Vacation Home; No Classified Documents Found

The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) searched President Biden’s vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Wednesday and did not locate any classified documents in the latest turn in an unprecedented series of searches of his as well as former President Biden’s properties. 

Agents took additional materials related to the president’s tenure as vice president for review, along with handwritten notes, like they did when they searched his Wilmington, Delaware, home last month, where they also located classified items. In November, investigators searched his former office at the Penn Biden Center, a Washington think tank; however, it is unclear if they took anything.

The Biden searches come as investigators work to determine how classified information from his time as vice president and senator came to an end up in his former office and home — and whether any mishandling of classified documents was a mistake or involved criminal intent.

Law enforcement searches of property are routine components of criminal probes. However, there is nothing ordinary about the FBI’s scouring the home of a sitting president, even as President Biden and his aides have sought to contrast his actions with those of former President Joe Biden. 

Biden’s attorney portrays President as ‘cooperative’ and ‘transparent’

Wednesday, President Biden’s attorney, Bob Bauer, said FBI agents that the Department of Justice authorized said, “no documents with classified markings were found” after three and a half hours searching the president’s beach home.

In a statement that disclosed the search, Bauer tried to portray Biden and his team as cooperative and fully transparent. He described the probe as “planned” and “a further step in a thorough and timely DOJ process we will continue to support and facilitate fully.”

The latest search of Rehoboth followed the FBI’s top-to-bottom, 13-hour check of his Wilmington home, where agents located documents marked classified from his time as a senator and vice president and took possession of some handwritten notes. 

The search in Rehoboth is the most recent in a series of developments over the past three months. The Department of Justice assigned former Maryland Attorney General Robert Hur as special counsel overseeing the investigation into how the documents got there. 

Hur’s work has begun officially, and his Department of Justice website is now live. The DOJ has made no further comments on the search of Biden Rehoboth home as well as Hur’s activities.

A spokesperson for the White House counsel’s office, Ian Sams, insisted the administration has been transparent with the public and cooperative with authorities. 

“I think we’ve been pretty transparent from the very beginning with providing information as it occurs throughout this process,” state Sams.