Biden lawyer who discovered classified docs met with feds: report

Following the discovery of classified materials at the Penn Biden Center, Biden's legal team conducted searches of his other spaces and found additional documents at his Delaware home.

Updated: January 17, 2023 - 11:04pm

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President Joe Biden's personal attorney, Patrick Moore, reportedly met with federal investigators following the discovery of classified materials in the president's former office in November.

Moore discovered the materials while clearing out Biden's former office at the Penn Biden Center in Washington last November. The attorney subsequently sat for an interview with the office of U.S. Attorney John Lausch, the federal official who initially reviewed the discovery of documents prior to the appointment of special counsel Robert Hur, CNN reported.

That interaction was not documented on a 302 form, which summarizes formal interviews, the outlet noted. Hur may reinterview Moore, among others, as his own investigation gains steam.

Revelations of Moore's discovery has prompted a bevy of scrutiny directed at the Biden White House, which furiously condemned former President Donald Trump's storage of classified materials at his Mar-a-Lago estate following the FBI's Aug. 8 raid on that venue.

The Department of Justice's appointment of special counsel Jack Smith to handle the Trump affair was a key point Republicans addressed when calling on Attorney General Merrick Garland to appoint a special counsel for Biden. Democratic leaders have attempted to contrast the two incidents, pointing to Biden's voluntary surrender of the materials and his supposed cooperation with law enforcement.

Former President Donald Trump, however, previously complied with a grand jury subpoena and handed over materials from his Mar-a-Lago estate prior to the raid.

Following the discovery of materials at the Penn Biden Center, Biden's legal team conducted searches of his other spaces for classified materials and found additional documents at his Delaware home, both in the garage and an adjacent room. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the Department of Justice declined to have FBI agents supervise those searches.