Headline RoundupFebruary 1st, 2023

FBI Searches Biden's Beach House, Finds No Classified Documents

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The FBI searched President Joe Biden’s private home in Rehoboth, Delaware on Wednesday but found no documents with classified markings, the president’s personal lawyer said. 

The Details: Biden lawyer Bob Bauer said FBI agents searched the house for over three hours and “took for further review some materials and handwritten notes that appear to relate to his time as Vice President.” An earlier statement from Bauer said the search was planned “with the President’s full support and cooperation.”

For Context: This is the first time the FBI has searched Biden’s Rehoboth residence. Federal investigators also previously searched Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware home and a Washington, D.C. think tank where Biden worked, finding six items with classification markings in Wilmington and an unknown amount in D.C. Discoveries of classified documents at private residences belonging to Biden, former President Donald Trump, and former Vice President Mike Pence prompted the National Archives to ask all former presidents and vice presidents to look for more classified documents. 

How the Media Covered It: Coverage of the search was widespread in political media across the spectrum as it occurred. While headlines in left-rated outlets often included that no classified documents were found, some major right-rated outlets omitted this in their headlines — instead emphasizing the search itself — despite including the information in the body of articles. 

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