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White House Refuses To Say If FBI Searching More Biden Locations For Docs, Won’t Disclose How Many Seized

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White House Counsel's Office spokesman Ian Sams speaks to the press at the White House in Washington, DC, on February 1, 2023
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The White House refused to say Wednesday whether federal law enforcement officials were searching other locations associated with President Joe Biden as they search for classified material in their criminal investigation into the president.

The news comes after the FBI seized materials from Biden’s beach home in Delaware on Wednesday afternoon while conducting a four-hour search of the residence. Biden’s personal attorney claimed that the materials were not classified.

Ian Sams, senior advisor to the White House Counsel’s Office, was asked by a reporter if the FBI has conducted any searches of any other locations associated with the president that the administration is aware of.

“Look, I think we’re providing information as this goes on and answering questions about the search activities as they’ve been happening,” Sams said. “I don’t want to speak too much to the DOJ’s practices in an ongoing investigation. I can say, you know, that we have cooperated fully, though the president’s personal attorneys have provided information to DOJ.”

Sam tried to portray that the administration was being transparent about searches that have been taking place, however, it never disclosed that the FBI searched Biden’s former office at the Biden Penn Center back in November.

Sams later said that he did not want to “speak too much to the Justice Department’s decision-making and their activities.”

When asked if the White House believes that there are more classified documents that are out there connected to Biden, Sams would not answer the question.

Sams again tried to paint the administration as being transparent, claiming that it has offered “unprecedented access” to Biden’s homes and office. However, this claim is misleading as federal law enforcement officials were prepared to have a judge sign off on a warrant to search the property.

When asked how many classified documents have been seized by the FBI, Sams did not answer the question.

Sams could not say if the White House told the National Archives that they could not issue a press release about the discovery of classified documents.

Sams was later asked again about the FBI potentially searching other locations associated with Biden and was asked if the reason that he refused to answer the question was that he knew the answer. Sams would not answer the question.

Classified documents connected with Biden were first found in his former private office at the Penn Biden Center, a think tank in Washington, D.C., on November 2, less than a week before the 2022 midterm elections. Since then, Biden’s attorneys have located more classified documents at Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, on multiple occasions: an unspecified number found in the garage on December 20, one document found in Biden’s study on January 11, and five more found in the study on January 12.

Federal officials confirmed two weeks ago that they found more classified material during a 13-hour FBI search of Biden’s home on January 20.

CNN reported last week that while Biden’s team claimed it was cooperative in dealing with the Department of Justice, federal investigators were prepared to get a search warrant if Biden did not consent to being searched.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur — who served during the Trump administration — to serve as special counsel in the investigation after the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch, who was assigned to do an initial review of the case, recommended to Garland that a special counsel be appointed.

CNN described the special counsel investigation by Hur as a “full-blown criminal investigation.”

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