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Donald Trump on Monday led the chorus of condemnation after it emerged that Joe Biden's think tank had been found to contain classified documents.
The ten files were found in early November, by Biden's lawyers, and handed over. The Justice Department has now opened an investigation, which The New York Times said could lead to a special counsel being appointed - as has happened in the case of Donald Trump and the hundreds of documents he kept at Mar-a-Lago.
Biden on Monday was in Mexico City for a meeting with President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, and refused to answer shouted questions as to how the documents ended up inside the offices.
Trump was among the many Republicans demanding answers, and pointing out that his own home was raided by the FBI for having classified documents stored there.
'When is the FBI going to raid the many homes of Joe Biden, perhaps even the White House? These documents were definitely not declassified,' he wrote on social media.
Trump's son, Donald Jr, also asked when Biden's home would be raided.
'When will the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team storm one of Biden's many vacation homes bought and paid for somehow by a lifetime of being a humble public servant?' asked Trump Jr.
Ronny Jackson, the former White House doctor turned Texas congressman, said the news was 'incredible'.
'It's just been discovered that Biden had HIGHLY CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS that were improperly stored in one of his private offices,' he tweeted.
'INCREDIBLE! WHERE is the FBI? WHERE is the dramatic raid? We have two systems of justice in this country: one for them and one for us.'
As the press in Mexico City was being ushered out of the meeting room, one reporter yelled out: 'Mr President, any response to the discovery of classified documents?'
Biden, flanked by his Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and the Attorney General Merrick Garland, did not respond to the question, which was shouted as a Mexican government official began thanking the visiting U. S. delegation.
Garland has asked the U. S. attorney in Chicago to review the 10 files discovered by Biden's personal attorneys at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.
The classified materials included some top-secret files with the 'sensitive compartmented information' designation, also known as SCI, which is used for highly sensitive information obtained from intelligence sources.
Biden has not yet commented on the news of the investigation into ten classified documents from his vice presidency, found in a Washington D. C. office for his think tank.
The White House special counsel said in a statement on Monday: 'The White House is cooperating with the National Archives and the Department of Justice regarding the discovery of what appear to be Obama-Biden admin records, including a small number of documents with classified markings.'
The documents were located in November, six days before the midterms.
It is unclear what the classified documents contain, but follows the raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort last year and comes as Republicans begin their investigations into the Biden family.
James Comer, the Republican congressman currently serving as chairman of the Oversight Committee, said late on Monday he would send a letter to the White House and National Archives looking for answers.
The House Judiciary GOP tweeted the news with warning sirens.
Conservative radio host Clay Travis said: 'They just announced Joe Biden illegally kept classified documents from his vice-presidency in his possession.
'I'm old enough to remember when the media told me this was impossible. So much for that Trump indictment. Between Hillary and now Biden, this story is over.'
Texas congressman Troy Nehls tweeted: 'BREAKING: Classified documents from Joe Biden's Vice Presidential days found at his private office. When will the FBI raid his home?'
Arizona congressman Andy Biggs said that Biden 'stole' the documents, and referenced an April report in The New York Post, which pointed out that the University of Pennsylvania - home of the Biden center - received donations from China.... (Read more)