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'Full-blown criminal investigation': DOJ was prepared to get search warrant against Biden in docs scandal

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The Justice Department was reportedly prepared to get a search warrant for President Joe Biden's private Delaware residence if he did not consent to an FBI search of the property that ultimately took place last Friday.

According to CNN, special counsel Robert Hur is now overseeing a "full-blown criminal investigation" into Biden's improper retention of an unknown number of classified documents. What information those documents contained remains unknown. However, it has been reported that some of the documents recovered from Biden's private office in Washington were "top secret," with markings reserved for the highest level of intelligence.

The DOJ and Biden's attorneys negotiated for days about when a search of Biden's Wilmington, Delaware, home would take place.

However, CNN reported that while the DOJ never explicitly raised the possibility of seeking a search warrant if Biden's team was uncooperative, the agency was otherwise prepared to get one. Biden's personal attorneys had conducted all previous searches.

From CNN:

For its part, the Justice Department had decided it would conduct the latest search – and any subsequent searches – after Biden’s team handled earlier searches themselves. Federal investigators also were prepared to seek a warrant if they did not get consent to search the Wilmington property, according to multiple sources.

Meanwhile, Justice Department officials are reportedly "frustrated" and "irritated" with Biden's team over their lack of transparency

The White House, for example, claims it has been coordinating with the Justice Department. But CNN reported that Biden's team did not tell the DOJ they were searching Biden's Wilmington home in late December until the search was already complete and more classified documents had been discovered.

Additionally, DOJ officials are "concerned" at how Biden's team disclosed the discoveries to the public, a central question in the scandal. Indeed, the White House only disclosed the second discovery of classified documents — which had already been found when they admitted to the first — after NBC News first revealed its existence.

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