The Justice Department US on Wednesday searched President Joe Biden’s second home, a beach house in Rehoboth, Delaware, as part of its investigation into improper storage of classified materials from his time as vice president.
Biden’s personal attorney, Bob Bauer, said in a statement that the search was planned and conducted with the president’s “full support and cooperation.”
According to Reuters, the search by FBI agents appears to represent an expansion of the probe into Biden’s handling of classified documents.
Materials were earlier found at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, and an office he used during the time between his service as vice president under Barack Obama and his presidential election.
The issue has created political headache for Biden, who is expected to announce a re-election campaign in the coming weeks .
It has stripped him and fellow Democrats of a weapon against former President Donald Trump, who also had classified documents found at his home.
Trump has launched his own re-election campaign and could face Biden in the 2024 general election.
Bauer said the Department of Justice chose to do the search without advance notice to the public.
Writing by Fany Olumoye; editing by Julian Osamoto