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Biden aides discovers another batch of classified documents

President Joe Biden’s aides have discovered a second batch of government records after initially uncovering classified documents in a private office the President used at a Washington think tank.

This is according to multiple reports, although the scope of the new find is still unclear.

Earlier this week, the White House confirmed that the Department of Justice was reviewing “a small number of documents with classified markings” found at the office.

Biden’s attorneys had discovered the documents at the offices of the Penn Biden Center and then immediately called the National Archives about the discovery, the White House said.

POTUS had kept an office there after he left the vice presidency in 2017 until shortly before he launched his Democratic presidential campaign in 2019.

The person who spoke to the AP on Wednesday said the president’s legal team found additional classified material at a second location.

The person was not authorized to publicly discuss details of the sensitive matter and spoke on condition of anonymity. The person did not say when or where the material was found or specific details about the level of classification of the documents.

The revelation that additional classified documents were uncovered by Biden’s attorneys came hours after White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre dodged questions about Biden’s handling of classified information and the West Wing’s management of the discovery.

She said the White House was committed to handling the matter in the “right way,” pointing to Biden’s personal attorneys’ immediate notification of the National Archives.

The White House and Justice Department declined to comment on Wednesday over reports of the second set of classified records. It was first reported by NBC News.

Biden has said he was “surprised to learn that there are any government records that were taken to that office” but his lawyers “did what they should have done” when they immediately called the National Archives.

The revelation could complicate the Justice Department’s consideration of whether to bring charges against Trump, a Republican who is trying to win back the White House in 2024 and has repeatedly claimed the department’s inquiry into his own conduct amounted to “corruption.”

But there are significant differences between the Trump and Biden situations, including the gravity of an ongoing grand jury investigation into the Mar-a-Lago matter.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas