The FBI seized an unknown number of documents from President Joe Biden's vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Wednesday.
Beginning at 8:30 a.m., FBI agents searched the property for, presumably, classified documents and other materials improperly in Biden's possession. The president's personal attorney, Bob Bauer, described the operation as a "planned search."
The search lasted approximately three and a half hours, according to Bauer. Though FBI agents discovered no classified documents, they seized materials dated from Biden's tenure as vice president.
"The DOJ’s planned search of the President’s Rehoboth residences, conducted in coordination and cooperation with the President’s attorneys, has concluded," Bauer said. "The search was conducted from 8:30 AM to noon.
"No documents with classified markings were found," he added. "Consistent with the process in Wilmington, the DOJ took for further review some materials and handwritten notes that appear to relate to his time as Vice President."
The carefully worded statement, emphasizing that agents found nothing with classified markings, does not exclude the possibility that what agents seized was classified. Indeed, not every document or parcel with classified information, such as handwritten notes, carry the proper markings indicating that it contains classified information.
What is the background?
The search is at least the third time the DOJ has searched one of Biden's properties.
Last month, the Justice Department searched Biden's private residence in Wilmington, Delaware, turning up additional classified documents. At the time, it was believed to have been the first search.
But CBS News reported on Tuesday that FBI agents conducted a search of the Washington office where classified documents were first discovered on Nov. 2. That search was conducted sometime in "mid-November." It's not clear if the FBI found classified documents in that search.
It's also unclear why the Biden administration and Justice Department refused to previously disclose the search.
Like Blaze News? Bypass the censors, sign up for our newsletters, and get stories like this direct to your inbox. Sign up here!