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Biden visits U.S.-Mexico border amidst migrant crisis

President Joe Biden’s visit to Mexico has been shrouded by news that classified documents from his time as vice president were discovered at a think tank in Washington DC.

Mr Biden’s attorneys confirmed on Monday that they had found the government materials in a private office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in November.

The Justice Department has launched an investigation as news reports indicate that at least some of the materials included intelligence memos regarding Iran, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and other topics.

The revelation came just as the president was being officially welcomed to Mexico City where he is attending a three-day summit with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

During the visit, the leaders will hold trilateral talks on energy, economic cooperation, immigration and drug trafficking, especially fentanyl.

On his way to Mexico, the president travelled to El Paso, Texas, to visit the US’s southern border with Mexico for the first time since taking office two years ago.

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Classified papers found in Biden office included memos on Ukraine, Iran and UK

The classified papers discovered in a think tank office formerly used by Joe Biden included intelligence memos on Ukraine, Iran and the United Kingdom, CNN reported.

An Illinois-based federal prosecutor has been tasked with investigating the presence of potentially classified documents found by Mr Biden’s personal attorneys.

Read more on this evolving story:

John Bowden10 January 2023 17:52

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Oversight Republican: ‘Same treatment’ for Biden and Trump

The incoming Republican chair of the House Oversight Committee, James Comer, has released a statement on the discovery of a small number of classified materials dating back from Joe Biden’s time at the White House at a DC think tank.

“President Biden has stated that taking classified documents from the White House is ‘irresponsible.’ Under the Biden Administration, the Department of Justice and National Archives have made compliance with the Presidential Records Act a top priority,” said Mr Comer.

“We expect the same treatment for President Biden, who has apparently inappropriately maintained classified documents in an insecure setting for several years.”

John Bowden10 January 2023 17:20

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Donald Trump Jr weighs in

Donald Trump Jr has joined the chorus demanding to know why the FBI didn’t “raid” any of Joe Biden’s personal residences for classified documents — the obvious answer being that the agency has no reason to believe there are any present.

“Biden kept classified documents from the Obama administration that he as VP would not have had the ability to declassify and I have yet to hear about the FBI Hostage Rescue Team raiding one of his homes?” asked the former president’s eldest son.

“Why the double standard?” he added.

John Bowden10 January 2023 16:32

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Ex-DHS official lay out differences between Trump’s Mar-a-Lago stash and Biden news

Olivia Troye, a former adviser to Vice President Mike Pence who also worked at the Department of Homeland Security, laid out the differences between Donald Trump’s hoard of documents at Mar-a-Lago and the new discovery of classified materials dating back to Joe Biden’s time as vice president at a DC think tank.

“The difference is that Biden‘s lawyers cooperated & reached out to the National Archives upon discovering the classified documents, unlike Trump & his circle obstructing the investigation into the classified docs at Mar-A-Lago. Regardless, the right will distort this & use it,” she tweeted.

John Bowden10 January 2023 16:00

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DoJ assigns Biden case to Trump appointee to avoid conflict of interest

NBC News has reported that Attorney General Merrick Garland has asked the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, John Lausch, to head up the investigation into documents from Joe Biden’s time as vice president, including some classified materials, found by the president’s attorneys at a DC think tank.

Mr Lausch was intentionally assigned the case to avoid any appearance of political favoritism, NBC reports — Mr Lausch was appointed to the position by former President Donald Trump.

His tenure was extended through the Biden administration when both of Illinois’ Democratic senators signed a joint letter urging the president to keep him on the job. Mr Lausch has a long history with the DoJ, including in the agency’s narcotics and gangs unit.

John Bowden10 January 2023 15:30

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GOP lawmaker: Why didn’t we hear about Biden docs before midterms?

Republican Congressman Jim Banks is raising questions about the timing of Monday’s news regarding Joe Biden’s attorneys finding classified materials from his time as vice president at a DC think tank.

“Classified documents were found at Joe Biden’s think tank before the midterms. Why are we just finding out now?” wrote Mr Banks.

“One set of rules for anyone named Biden, Clinton or Obama and a different set of rules for the rest of us,” he added in another tweet.

Mr Biden notably was not up for election in 2022 — the congressman is suggesting that the issue could have somehow helped GOP candidates around the country who were beset by headwinds stemming from the Supreme Court’s decision ending Roe vs Wade, as well as voters’ distaste for the election fraud conspiracies that some Trump acolytes were still spreading in 2022.

John Bowden10 January 2023 15:12

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Tensions rise in Biden and López Obrador meeting

On Monday, US President Joe Biden and Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador had a sharp exchange as they met at the opening of a summit of North American leaders.

The Mexican leader challenged Mr Biden to end an attitude of “abandonment” and “disdain” for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The comments were a stark contrast to the public display of affection between Mr López Obrador and Mr Biden shortly before, as they smiled and embraced and shook hands for the cameras. But once the two sat down in an ornate room at the Palacio Nacional, flanked by delegations of top officials, it didn’t take long for tensions to bubble to the surface.

Mr López Obrador challenged Mr Biden to improve life across the region, telling him that “you hold the key in your hand.”

“This is the moment for us to determine to do away with this abandonment, this disdain, and this forgetfulness for Latin America and the Caribbean,” he said.

He also complained that too many imports are coming from Asia instead of being produced in the America.

“We ask ourselves, couldn’t we produce in America what we consume?” he said. “Of course.”

Biden responded by defending the billions of dollars that the US spends in foreign aid around the world, saying “unfortunately our responsibility just doesn’t end in the Western Hemisphere”. And he referenced US deaths from fentanyl, a drug that flows over the border from Mexico.

While both men pledged to work together, it was a noticeably sharp exchange, on full display before reporters. They met privately for about an hour before having dinner with Mr Trudeau and their wives.

Rachel Sharp10 January 2023 14:30

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Classified Obama-Biden papers found at think tank, prompting DOJ probe

An Illinois-based federal prosecutor has been tasked with investigating the presence of potentially classified documents found at a Washington, DC think tank by President Joe Biden’s personal attorneys.

In a statement, Special Counsel to the President Richard Sauber said Mr Biden’s lawyers found the documents on 2 November as they were “packing files housed in a locked closet to prepare to vacate office space at the Penn Biden Center” — a think tank affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania, where Mr Biden held an honourary professorship and where he “periodically” made use of an office from 2017 to 2020, when they discovered a folder which contained documents bearing classification markings.

Mr Sauber added that Mr Biden’s lawyers had immediately notified the National Archives and Records Administration, which took possession of the documents and informed the Justice Department of what had transpired.

Andrew Feinberg reports.

Oliver O’Connell10 January 2023 14:00

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Biden pledges US support to Lula after Brazil riots

President Joe Biden spoke with Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Monday, a day after right-wing supporters of ousted ex-president Jair Bolsonaro stormed the presidsential palace, Supreme Court, and legislative body of Brazil.

John Bowden reports.

Oliver O’Connell10 January 2023 13:30

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Biden ignores question on classified documents

On Monday, President Joe Biden ignored a reporter’s question about the discovery of classified documents from his time as vice president at a think tank in Washington DC.

Mr Biden’s attorneys confirmed that they had found the government materials in a private office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in November.

It is currently unclear what the documents contain or how they got there but the Justice Department has launched an investigation.

After arriving in Mexico city for the “three amigos summit”, Mr Biden was asked by a reporter about the discovery.

“Any response to the discovery of classified documents at your office?” the reporter asked.

The president did not respond to the question.

Rachel Sharp10 January 2023 13:00

Original News : https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/biden-classified-documents-vp-files-found-latest-b2259456.html

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