FBI searched University of Delaware in Biden docs probe, source says

President Biden speaks to the University of Delaware Class of 2022 on May 28.
President Biden speaks at a University of Delaware commencement ceremony on May 28. The FBI searched the university in recent weeks as part of its investigation into Biden’s potential mishandling of sensitive government records.
(Manuel Balce Ceneta / Associated Press)

The FBI searched the University of Delaware in recent weeks for classified documents as part of its investigation into the potential mishandling of sensitive government records by President Biden.

The search, first reported by CNN, was confirmed to the Associated Press by a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss it publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity. The person would not say whether anything was found.

The university is Biden’s alma mater. In 2011, Biden donated his records from his 36 years serving in the U.S. Senate to the school. The documents arrived June 6, 2012, according to the university, which released photos of the numbered boxes being unloaded next to blue and gold balloons.


Under the terms of Biden’s gift, the records are to remain sealed until two years after he retires from public life.

Biden’s Senate records would not be covered by the Presidential Records Act, though prohibitions on mishandling classified information would still apply.

The White House referred questions to the Department of Justice, which declined to comment. A representative at the university did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment.

The university is the fourth-known entity to be searched by the FBI following inspections of his former office at the Penn Biden Center, where records with classified markings were found in a locked closet by Biden’s personal lawyers in November, and more recently of his Delaware homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach.