FBI Searches, Finds No Classified Documents at Biden Beach House

February 1, 2023

FBI agents searched President Biden’s home in Rehoboth Beach, DE on Wednesday but did not find any classified documents, the President’s attorney said.

Agents did take some handwritten notes and other materials from Biden’s time as Vice President for review, however. 

The search followed the disclosure last month that an attorney for former Vice President Pence had discovered about a dozen documents marked classified at his Indiana home,  prompting an immediate review by the FBI and the DOJ of the documents and how they ended up in Pence’s residence.

That revelation came in the wake of discoveries of classified materials at President Biden’s  private office and Wilmington, DE residence. Biden had voluntarily agreed to an FBI search in late January of his home in Wilmington, which uncovered six documents in addition to materials previously found at that residence and his private office.


Wednesday’s beach house search was disclosed by Biden’s personal attorney, Bob Bauer, who said the FBI conducted it “in coordination and cooperation with the President’s attorneys.”

Former Bush-era White House ethics attorney Richard W. Painter  was among those who pointed out on Wednesday that there have been no reports of any FBI searches of former President Trump’s properties—including Manhattan and Bedminster, NJ—since the August FBI search warrant upon his Mar-a-Lago residence uncovered hundreds of documents marked classified.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed special counsels Jack Smith and Robert Hur to investigate the Trump and Biden classified documents cases, respectively.

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