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The FBI searched Biden’s vacation home but reported finding no new classified documents

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A lawyer for U.S. President Joe Biden said FBI agents conducted a search of his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Wednesday, but reported finding no new classified documents, although they took some material away for further review.

In a statement, the lawyer, Bob Bauer, said that the search of the blue-and-white, three-story home, which began at 8:30 a.m. and lasted until noon, had been “coordinated and cooperated with the president’s counsel” and had been planned. “No documents with classified markings were found,” Mr. Power said.

But he added that, like a raid last month at Mr. Biden’s main private home in Wilmington, Delaware, agents had taken materials and handwritten notes that appeared to relate to Mr. Biden’s term as vice president, which ended in early 2017.

Earlier in the day, Ms. Power said that in accordance with the Justice Department’s “standard procedure, in the interest of operational safety and integrity, the department sought to do this without prior notice, and we agreed to cooperate. This search is part of a thorough and timely process by the Department of Justice that we will fully support and facilitate.”

The house is near the Atlantic Ocean. Wednesday’s raid followed other searches by authorities. Aides to Mr. Biden found a cache of documents with classified markings late last year at the Biden Center on Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania, a Washington-based research institute. Mr. Biden has worked there sporadically since leaving the vice presidency. Documents with classified markings were also found at his main private residence in Wilmington, Delaware.

The White House said at the time that no more classified documents had been found at the Rehobos Beach residence.

The search of the resort followed a 13-hour intensive search of Mr. Biden’s Wilmington home on Jan. 20, in which agents found documents with classified markings and took away handwritten notes from Mr. Biden.

In all, Mr. Biden’s lawyers or FBI agents found 20 or more classified documents in the Washington office and at his home in Wilmington.

The January raid came months after Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a career prosecutor, Robert Hur, as special counsel to investigate Mr. Biden’s handling of classified material, Garland had appointed another prosecutor, Jack Smith, as special counsel to investigate the discovery of about 320 classified documents at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort on Florida’s Atlantic coast.

Last month, Mr. Trump’s vice president, Mike Pence, said classified material had been found at his home in Indiana.

Under U.S. law, all three officials must turn over the documents to the National Archives and Records Administration at the end of their terms.

Mr. Biden and his lawyers have sought to downplay the investigation, saying the small number of classified documents was inadvertently left behind. But the fact that classified documents were found at a location associated with him robbed Mr. Biden of a political talking point for criticizing Mr. Trump’s handling of the president’s papers. Biden has blasted Trump as “irresponsible.”

Trump has announced his candidacy for president in 2024, and Biden has said he plans to seek re-election, potentially setting up a rematch. Biden defeated Trump in 2020.

After taking documents to Mar-a-Lago when he left office two years ago, Mr. Trump reluctantly turned over dozens of documents, eventually forcing the government to go through the courts and obtain a warrant to conduct a search, on suspicion that Mr. Trump had not turned over all the materials he held. Agents found about 100 more classified documents during a search last August.

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