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Joe Biden: How Much Trouble Is He in Now?

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Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden speaking with supporters at a phone bank at his presidential campaign office in Des Moines, Iowa.

There’s been another big development in the investigation of the documents involving President Joe Biden. According to The Hill, and other media outlets, federal investigators on Wednesday searched one of his homes, in Rehoboth, Delaware. 

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Joe Biden: What Is Happening Now? 

This follows earlier documents that were found at Biden’s former office in Washington, as well as his home in Wilmington.

To date, there have been no reports of documents found at the Rehoboth residence. The original discovery was made by Biden’s own team, who notified the National Archives, but federal agents had earlier searched the Wilmington home.

The president’s attorney, Bob Bauer, told the press that the search was conducted with “the President’s full support and cooperation,” which has been the line from Biden’s camp since the start of the controversy. 

“Under DOJ’s standard procedures, in the interests of operational security and integrity, it sought to do this work without advance public notice, and we agreed to cooperate,” Bauer continued in the segment. “The search today is a further step in a thorough and timely DOJ process we will continue to fully support and facilitate. We will have further information at the conclusion of today’s search.”

More Searches, More Trouble? 

Earlier this week, media reported that the FBI had searched the Penn Biden Center in November. The report came from CBS News, which had first reported that the classified materials had been found. 

“Two sources told CBS News the search was conducted with the cooperation of Mr. Biden’s representatives. A search warrant was not sought,” CBS News said. “The FBI search of the think tank was not previously disclosed by the White House, Mr. Biden’s personal attorneys, or the Department of Justice. A Jan. 14 statement from the president’s personal attorney Bob Bauer referred to the government conducting “its inquiry, including taking possession of any documents and reviewing any surrounding material for further review and context.”

CBS reported that the number of classified documents recovered from Biden’s different residences to date is around 25 to 30, which “includes classified items and other records from Mr. Biden’s vice presidential and Senate days.” 

Special Counsel Robert Hur was appointed late last year to investigate Biden’s handling of classified materials, joining Jack Smith, who was appointed by the Justice Department to look into former President Donald Trump’s own handling of documents, as well as his role in the January 6 insurrection

The Home Being Searched by the FBI

Biden and his wife purchased the Rehoboth home in 2017, for a reported $2.74 million. The 4,786-square-foot home near the beach had been built about a decade earlier. While Biden was known to enjoy visiting Rehoboth on vacation in the past, the president said that the time that he and Jill Biden “have dreamed of being able to buy a place where we can bring the whole family… We feel very lucky that we’re now able to make that happen and are looking forward to spending time with our family in the place that matters most to us in the world.”

The president has occasionally been filmed biking near the Rehoboth home. 

The Daily Mail reported last month that a security wall was being built around the Rehoboth Beach home, at a cost of $490,324. The wall was being built at taxpayer expense, although that is customary for current and former presidents. According to Snopes, a Homeland Security contract was recently awarded to provide “a physical security build-out upgrade” at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, also at taxpayer expense, to the tune of $580,600.

“’So, walls work at Joe Biden’s beach house, but not the southern border?’,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tweeted this week at the news of the Biden security upgrades.

It’s not clear at this point if either the Biden security upgrade or the Trump one was set in motion by the presidents themselves, or if it was something that was recommended by the Secret Service for security reasons. 

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Expertise and Experience: Stephen Silver is a Senior Editor for 19FortyFive. He is an award-winning journalist, essayist and film critic, who is also a contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Broad Street Review and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.

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Stephen Silver is a journalist, essayist, and film critic, who is also a contributor to Philly Voice, Philadelphia Weekly, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, Living Life Fearless, Backstage magazine, Broad Street Review, and Splice Today. The co-founder of the Philadelphia Film Critics Circle, Stephen lives in suburban Philadelphia with his wife and two sons. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenSilver.