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Democrats are worried Joe Biden's 2024 reelection campaign could be in the hole after a third batch of documents were found in his possession.

Comment: But at higher levels, it's probably the whole point. Grandpa Earpiece has served his purpose and, along with his crack-addict son, is fast becoming a liability. The rest is just bloviating.

Democrats are worried the controversy surrounding the classified documents found in Joe Biden's home and office could damage a 2024 reelection bid, as Bill Clinton's former advisor said this is 'very, very big deal' for the president.

The president's attorneys announced on Saturday that five additional documents were found in the room adjacent to the garage - where the first set was found - at his Wilmington, Delaware, home. This is the third set found in Biden's possession and a total of 16 overall.

While Republican lawmakers celebrate it as another chink in Biden's armor, Democrats are said to be secretly worried this will ruin his 2024 campaign and morph into the Hillary Clinton's email scandal.

Her husband's former advisor David Gergen also think it could harm Biden's bid, telling Anderson Cooper: 'It's very, very big. Not legally but politically, it's a very, very big deal.

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Hillary Clinton's campaign was dogged by revelations that she stored sensitive and classified government emails on a unsecured server set up in her home.
'This is a president that was marching upward for the first time in his presidency. He got his numbers up. People are feeling better about the economy. There are all sorts of reasons to believe that he can now present himself - the fears that people like me have about how old he is and can he govern well? Those fears would be dissipated if he were able to stay on that track.

'They've done a wonderful job being cooperative with the government, and they've done it by the books. I don't think sitting there hunkering down now, just acting like it's not out there is good. They're going to get creamed doing that,' he said on Anderson Cooper's show.

'That long delay in putting it out there is going to encourage people to believe: "What are they hiding?"'

Biden's former Press Secretary Jen Psaki also said it wouldn't be great for president to go under a special consul so soon to launching his reelection campaign.

'No one wants a special counsel. You don't go into a year before you may run for president and think: "I want a special counsel this year". No one wants that,' she said on MSNBC.

She also said the documents being left behind was 'sloppy staff work in a transition,' between administrations, but said it could provide 'over the long-term - even if it brings short-term pain - being to their benefit.'

A Democratic strategist, who asked to remain anonymous, also worried for Biden, telling The Hill: 'This is going to be a pretty big problem for the president.'

'Republicans have always been good at drumming up scandal and even though the situation here with Biden is completely different than the situation involving Trump, they're going to act like this is a huge deal.'

Rodell Mollineau, another Democratic strategist, agreed, claiming the two situations were 'apples to oranges,' but Republicans won't treat it that way.

'This isn't their silver bullet, but they're [Republicans] going to try,' he told The Hill.

Republican lawmakers were certainly quick to take shots at the president and his administration on Twitter.

'Wait, I thought the WH said on Thursday the search was complete and there were no more docs,' Josh Hawley wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

Marsha Blackburn jumped in as well, writing: 'Another batch of classified documents has been located at Biden's private residence. They keep coming.'

Senator Rick Scott wrote: 'Either @JoeBiden is an absolute hypocrite or completely clueless. Probably both. We need to get to the bottom of this. How long has he had these...6+ years? Time for accountability.'

Senator John Kennedy called out what he claimed was multiple problems within the current administration and called for accountability, writing: 'Just like the #BidenBorderCrisis, the Biden classified documents story is too big for the mainstream media to ignore — and the American people want answers.'

'As a former Senator and now President, Biden should know better on how to handle classified documents. This is exactly why stricter control should be enforced to prevent classified documents from leaving the White House,' wrote Senator Thom Tillis.

Ever-outspoken Representative Marjorie Taylor Green wrote: 'What's the easiest way to cover up Biden family crimes and corruption from Republican investigations? Easy. When R's take majority, have Biden's attorneys suddenly turn over classified docs found in multiple locations & have Biden's AG appoint a special counsel to "investigate."'


Ted Cruz also joked on Thursday that 'Hillary's server was also in Joe's garage.'

The third batch of classified files from Joe Biden's Vice Presidency were found on Thursday evening, but it was not announced to the public until Saturday morning.

It brings the total to six classified documents to have been found at Biden's home in Delaware, as the first one was found in the garage. It also brings the grand total of classified documents from Biden's days as vice president up to 16.

His personal attorneys discovered the documents in the room adjacent to the garage, but did not have clearance to view them, so they had to call in Richard Sauber, special counsel to the president.

'Because I have a security clearance, I went to Wilmington Thursday evening to facilitate providing the document the President's personal counsel found on Wednesday to the Justice Department,' Sauber said, according to Fox News.

'While I was transferring it to the DOJ officials who accompanied me, five additional pages with classification markings were discovered among the material with it, for a total of six pages. The DOJ officials with me immediately took possession of them.

'The President's lawyers have acted immediately and voluntarily to provide the Penn Biden documents to the Archives and the Wilmington documents to DOJ,' he said.

Biden's personal lawyer, Robert Bauer, defended the delay in releasing the information, saying the president's legal team 'have attempted to balance the importance of public transparency where appropriate with the established norms and limitations necessary to protect the investigation's integrity.'

'These considerations require avoiding the public release of detail relevant to the investigation while it is ongoing,' he said in a statement.

The latest discovery comes just days after two other sets were found. The first set of sensitive files were found at a DC office for his think tank and as the Biden administration dodged questions on whether they were tracking down any other records.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was hounded by reporters during her Thursday briefing shortly before the article was published - and insisted that Biden takes classified documents and their retention 'seriously.'

On Wednesday, Jean-Pierre was asked by reporters whether Biden had looked into whether he might have possibly taken other documents to any other office he has or his homes in Wilmington and Rehoboth, Delaware.

She refused to provide an answer, saying: 'I'm just not going to speak to this. I'm going to let the process continue. It's an ongoing process. And so, I'm just not going to, to speak to this from here. It is more prudent and more appropriate for my colleagues at the White House Counsel.'

Earlier in the week, it was reported that in November 2022, attorneys for the president discovered documents at his former office in the Penn-Biden Center in Washington DC, which he used after his time as vice president.

The documents were discovered in a locked closet while the lawyers were cleaning out the office to move out.

The White House acknowledged that Biden's attorneys had found 10 documents with classified markings at an old office at a Washington DC think tank, the president has been peppered with questions about the discovery.

The classified documents that appeared to be from the Obama administration were found on November 2 - before the midterm elections - though news of the documents did not come out until months later.

Senator Lindsey Graham said on Fox News on Wednesday that Attorney General Merrick Garland should appoint a special counsel to handle the matter, as he did for the Trump investigations.

'Garland, if you're listening, if you thought it was necessary, attorney general, to appoint a special counsel regarding president trump, then you need to do the exact same thing regarding President Biden when it comes to handling classified information,' the South Carolina Republican said.

Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri reacted to the news by simply tweeting out the words: 'Special counsel.'

'My question is with regard to the first batch, what did Merrick Garland know when they were discovered November 3, and he declared a special counsel for Trump on November 18?' Republican Representative Mike Waltz of Florida said to

'Obviously, he had some knowledge and yet chose a special counsel, announced it, you know, had this entire rollout and no mention. What did he know?'

Waltz also questioned 'who knew' about the documents between November 3 and November 8, midterm Election Day.

'The timing is incredibly suspicious,' Waltz continued. 'It's got to be one of the world's biggest coincidences, if not, politics, were involved.'

Biden was asked about the documents at the top of his trilateral press conference Tuesday in Mexico City, alongside Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The president said he was 'surprised' to find out classified documents were discovered in a box in a locked cabinet. But said his lawyers 'did what they should have done.'

'They immediately called the Archives - immediately called the Archives, turned them over to the Archives,' the president said.

The documents were discovered on November 2 and handed over to the Archives on November 3.

Garland appointed a special counsel to oversee the Trump investigation on November 18.

Biden said he didn't know the content of the documents and that his lawyers suggested he not ask.

'And we're cooperating fully with the review,' the president added.

Republicans have cried of a 'double standard' saying that Trump's possession of classified documents made him the subject of a raid on Mar-a-Lago in August.

The Biden team has pointed out that in Trump's case, the FBI was aware that Trump had not fully complied with a subpoena from the Archives to return all classified documents. In Biden's case, the Archives was unaware of the missing documents.

Representative Mike Turner from Ohio, the freshly appointed chair of the House Select Committee on Intelligence, contacted the Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines, saying that Biden's retention of the documents put him in 'potential violation of laws protecting national security, including the Espionage Act and Presidential Records Act.'