The FBI search was part of an ongoing investigation into Biden’s potential misuse of classified documents.

WASHINGTON — In recent weeks, the FBI has been searching the University of Delaware for classified documents as part of an investigation into a potential mishandling confidential government documents by President Joe 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 condition of anonymity. The man did not say whether they had found anything.

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

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

Biden’s Senate documents will not be subject to the Presidential Documents Act, although the ban on mishandling classified information will apply.

The White House referred questions to the Justice Department, which declined to comment. A university spokesman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

The university is the fourth known entity to be raided by the FBI after a search of his former office at the Penn Biden Center, where Biden’s personal lawyers found classified records in a locked cabinet in November, and more recently of his homes in Delaware. in Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach.

Associated Press writers Colin Long and Seung Min Kim in Washington contributed to this report.

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