Longtime Democratic lawyer Bob Bauer is President Biden’s personal attorney in the secret documents matter The White House confirmed on Friday.
Bauer was the main point of contact between the Biden camp and the Justice Department during the initial investigation that began in November, CBS News has learned.
He was a White House adviser to President Barack Obama and lead attorney for Biden’s 2020 campaign. His wife, Anita Dunn, is a senior adviser to Mr. Biden and is widely considered both inside and outside the West Wing to be poised to become the first female White House chief of staff.
Bauer is also listed as Obama’s representative at the National Archives, the authority on record requests and issues that may arise with the former president’s records.
Several calls, emails and texts to Bauer were not returned this week.
Recent filings with the National Archives name three partners at the D.C. law firm Covington and Burling as Biden’s representatives in the filing for his vice presidential papers: Dana Remus, former Biden White House counsel, Biden campaign attorney Robert Lenhardt, and James Garland, former President Obama. Department of Justice official of the era.
Their role in the matter of documents is unclear. Numerous calls and emails to Remus, Lenhard and Garland since Monday have gone unanswered.
Remus is well aware of the recent court events involving the President. As the White House’s chief legal officer, she facilitated the nomination of Katanja Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court and the selection of dozens of Mr. Biden’s other nominees to the federal courts. She previously served as the general counsel for the Biden-Harris presidential campaign.
Lenhard also handled legal matters for the 2020 Biden-Harris campaign and served as chairman of the Federal Election Commission in 2007. He specializes in government ethics matters, as well as lobbying and campaign finance.
Garland was former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s chief of staff during the first two years of the Obama administration, making him an expert on how the sprawling department conducts investigations. He specializes in white collar government investigations.
Remus, Lenhard, and Garland also did not respond to numerous phone calls and emails.
Richard Sauber, a special adviser to the president, confirmed earlier this week that Mr. Biden’s personal lawyers found about 10 documents marked as classified on Nov. 2 when they cleaned out an office once used by Mr. Biden. Another “small” batch of documents was found by his lawyers at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, on December 20. The materials came from the period of Biden’s tenure as vice president.
On Monday, CBS News first reported the presence of the documents at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. The White House did not publicly acknowledge the Dec. 20 discovery until Thursday, the same day Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate how the documents were handled after Mr. Biden resigned as vice president.
The White House says that in both cases, Biden’s lawyers turned to either the National Archives or the Justice Department to report their findings.