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U. Delaware undergoes FBI searches in Biden classified documents probe

The so-called Biden Archive at the university contains almost 2,000 documents from Biden’s time as senator

In recent weeks University of Delaware officials allowed the FBI to conduct two campus searches related to a probe into classified documents handled by President Joe Biden.

“The FBI has conducted two searches at the University of Delaware in connection with the investigation into President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN,” CNN reported Feb. 15.

Peter Bothum, a university spokesman, referred questions about the topic from The College Fix to the Department of Justice.

“Bothum has declined to say whether the FBI had requested to search the papers at the university, or whether the university ever found classified papers as it cataloged its collection,” The Washington Post reported.

Biden received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in 1965. After he was elected president of the United States, he selected the university as host to documents pertaining to his nearly four decades as a U.S. senator, from 1973 to 2009.

“President Biden donated his Senatorial papers to the University of Delaware pursuant to an agreement that prohibits the University from providing public access to those papers until they have been properly processed and archived,” the university’s website states.

“The University is bound by, and will comply with, the agreement. Until the archival process is complete and the collection is opened to the public, access is only available with President Biden’s express consent.”

The so-called Biden Archive at the university contains almost 2,000 documents from Biden’s time as senator.

“President Biden and his designees have access, under supervision of Special Collections, to the materials during the process. No Biden designee has visited the collection since November, 2019. No documents have been added or removed by any Biden designees during any visits,” the university’s website states.

Early informal reports indicate no documents with classified markings were found at the archive, CNN reported. However, the investigation remains ongoing.

The search of the University of Delaware came after classified documents were found in Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home, as well as the Penn Biden Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

Regarding the documents found at the University of Pennsylvania and his home, Biden told reporters, “there’s no ‘there’ there.”

The discovery of such documents is part of a recent trend wherein former President Donald Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence were found to possess classified documents following FBI searches of their homes.

These discoveries led to the appointment of two special counsels to investigate the handling of classified documents by former and current members of the executive branch.

Before his own document scandal, Biden took a jab at former President Trump, joking that he “declassified everything in the world.” In further response to Trump’s document scandal, Biden told the press, “it’s just totally irresponsible.”

However, Trump did have the power to declassify as president, unlike Biden, who did not have such capacity at the time he allegedly mishandled classified documents as senator and vice president, some observers have argued.

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About the Author
College Fix contributor Garrett Marchand is a pre-law student at the University of Alabama majoring in political science and economics with a minor in the Blount Scholars Program. Garrett is a member of Young Americans for Freedom. He is a contributor for Alabama's student paper, The Crimson White.