President Joe Biden responds to questions from reporters on Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
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New details continue to emerge over classified documents President Joe Biden took to his private office and home in Delaware after he had left the vice presidency. The White House has said batches of documents have been found on four separate occasions: Nov. 2, Dec. 20, Jan. 12 and Jan. 14.

A special counsel has been appointed to investigate how the documents have been handled and Biden’s team is cooperating and has denied any wrongdoing. The investigation is ongoing.

CNN is chronicling the latest events as new information unfolds.

  • Biden classified documents: A timeline

  • November 2022

    Nov. 2 — President Biden’s personal attorneys unexpectedly discover Obama-Biden administration records at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, and notify the National Archives. According to Biden’s personal attorney, Bob Bauer, the president’s attorneys are in regular contact with the Archives for the next eight days.

    Nov. 3 — The National Archives informs its inspector general of the matter.

    Nov. 4 — The National Archives inspector general informs the Justice Department that Biden aides found documents at the Penn Biden Center.

    Nov. 9 — The FBI and Justice Department launch an assessment to understand whether classified material was mishandled.

    Nov. 10 — The Justice Department informs Biden’s personal attorneys it launched the assessment. “Once the President’s personal attorneys heard from DOJ, the President’s personal attorneys were in regular contact with DOJ,” according to Bauer.

    Nov. 14 — Attorney General Merrick Garland asks US Attorney John Lausch to oversee the investigation into documents.

    Nov. 18 — Garland names Jack Smith, the war crimes prosecutor, as special counsel to oversee investigations into former President Donald Trump, including his handling of classified material found at Mar-a-Lago.

  • December 2022

    Dec. 20 — Biden’s personal attorneys inspect garage at the president’s Wilmington home and identify a “small number” of potential classified records. The personal attorneys stop their search upon the discovery and inform Lausch of what they found.

    Dec. 21 — Biden’s personal attorneys arrange for the Justice Department to take possession of the documents from the Wilmington garage, and the Justice Department takes possession of them.

  • January 2023

    Jan. 5 — Lausch briefs Garland on the results of his initial investigation and advises a special counsel is warranted.

    Jan. 9 — The White House counsel’s office confirms for the first time publicly that classified documents were found at the Penn Biden Center, only after news organizations reported on the development.

    Jan. 11 — Biden’s personal attorneys search the president’s homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach for additional records. They locate a potential record with classified markings in a room adjacent to the garage. They leave it where they found it and suspend their search. They leave Wilmington for Rehoboth, where they search Biden’s home. No records are found in Rehoboth, and the lawyers return to Washington.

    Jan. 11 — News organizations report that additional classified documents were found at a separate location from the Penn Biden Center.

    Jan. 12 — The White House counsel’s office confirms a “small number” of additional classified documents were located at two locations in Biden’s Wilmington home, most in the garage. They say “one document consisting of one page” was found in a room adjacent to the garage.

    Jan. 12 — Biden’s lawyers inform Lausch of what they had found at the Wilmington home in the room adjacent to the garage and begin the process of arranging for it to be delivered to the Justice Department. White House counsel Richard Sauber, who has a security clearance, travels to Wilmington to facilitate the transfer of documents. As they are being transferred, five additional pages marked classified are discovered.

    Jan. 12 — Garland announces Robert Hur as the special counsel to conduct an investigation into the matter.

    Jan. 14 — The White House counsel’s office discloses publicly that an additional five pages of classified material were found in Wilmington.

Sources: Merrick Garland; Bob Bauer; the White House counsel’s office; CNN