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Justice Department conducts search of Biden's Wilmington home and finds more classified materials

 (CNN) -- Justice Department investigators on Friday found additional classified material after conducting a search of President Joe Biden's Wilmington, Delaware, home, the president's personal attorney said in a statement.

Bob Bauer said that during the search, which took place over nearly 12 hours Friday, "DOJ took possession of materials it deemed within the scope of its inquiry, including six items consisting of documents with classification markings and surrounding materials, some of which were from the President's service in the Senate and some of which were from his tenure as Vice President. DOJ also took for further review personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years."

Those six items are in addition to materials previously found at Biden's Wilmington residence and in his private office.

Bauer said that representatives of Biden's personal legal team and the White House Counsel's Office were present during the "thorough search," during which they had "full access" to the Biden home.

Bauer added that the DOJ "requested that the search not be made public in advance, in accordance with its standard procedures, and we agreed to cooperate."

Neither Biden nor first lady Dr. Jill Biden were present during the search, special counsel to the president Richard Sauber said in a statement.

Biden, Sauber wrote, "has been committed to handling this responsibly because he takes this seriously" and he and his team are "working swiftly to ensure DOJ and the Special Counsel have what they need to conduct a thorough review."

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

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