On Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland assigned a special counsel to investigate the presence of documents marked classified that were found at Joe Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home and at an office in Washington.
The announcement followed Biden’s acknowledgment earlier the same day that a document with classified markings from his time as vice president was found in his personal library, along with other documents found in his private garage.
Biden’s lawyers informed the Justice Department Thursday morning of the discovery of a classified document at Biden’s home, according to Garland, after FBI agents first retrieved other documents from his garage in December.
It was disclosed on Monday that sensitive documents were found at the office of his former institute in Washington.
The investigation will be led by former Trump-appointed U.S. attorney in Maryland Robert Hur.
“The extraordinary circumstances here require the appointment of a special counsel for this matter,” said Garland. “This appointment underscores for the public the department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters, and to making decisions indisputably guided only by the facts and the law.”