04 Mar, 2024
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Biden once planned to fire US attorney who is tapped to investigate classified documents

US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch will be leading the investigation of classified documents found at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Biden Center, nearly two years after President Joe Biden nearly fired him.

Lausch has been in office since 2017 when he was appointed by then-President Donald Trump. When Biden took office in early 2021, it was reported that the president had plans to fire him, even though the Senate had confirmed him unanimously. The news of the planned termination drew criticism from both parties, such as Democratic Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth expressed their dismay.

“While we agree with the Biden Administration’s criminal justice agenda, we are disappointed with the decision to terminate US Attorney Lausch without consulting us,” the two senators from Lausch’s home state said in a joint statement. “In 2017, our non-partisan screening committee gave its support for Mr. Lausch to serve in this position, and the Senate confirmed him unanimously.”

Durbin and Duckworth added that there was precedent for individuals in Lausch’s position to stay in office after a new administration took over “to conclude sensitive investigations.” They urged Biden to at least let Lausch stay on until a replacement was confirmed.

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US Attorney John Lausch

US Attorney John Lausch

Illinois Republican Reps. Darin LaHood, Mary Miller and Rodney Davis issued a similar statement at the time, noting that Lausch had been in the middle of “pursuing a historic and major public corruption investigation involving a years-long bribery scheme that has implicated former House Speaker Michael Madigan and others.”

Ultimately, Lausch was spared and allowed to stay on in his role.

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Biden Classified Documents Discovered at His Former Office, to Be Reviewed by US Attorney

Classified documents from President Joe Biden’s vice presidency were discovered at a think tank and will be reviewed by an attorney.

Two sources with knowledge of the matter told CBS News Attorney General Merrick Garland has given the US attorney in Chicago the job to review the classified documents discovered at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington.

According to CBS News, the approximately 10 documents are from Biden’s vice-presidential office at the center, citing sources.

Additionally, the outlet learned the FBI is involved in the inquiry by the US attorney.

Richard Sauber, special counsel to Biden, explained to CBS News the documents were found when Biden’s personal attorneys “were packing files housed in a locked closet to prepare to vacate office space at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, DC.”

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Sources said the documents were inside of a folder that was in a box with other papers that were unclassified.

The sources did not disclose what the documents contained or their level of classification, as CBS News reported.

According to a source, the documents did not have nuclear secrets included within them.

“The documents were not the subject of any previous request or inquiry by the Archives. Since that discovery, the President’s personal attorneys have cooperated with the Archives and the Department of Justice in a process to ensure that any Obama-Biden Administration records are appropriately in the possession of the Archives,” Sauber said.

The National Archives then reportedly informed the Department of Justice.

US Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois John Lausch has been assigned the job to find out how the classified documents landed at the Penn Biden Center.

The outlet noted Garland will determine whether

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