2023-01-24 23:39:45

Who are the president's private attorneys and is Joe Biden paying the legal bills?

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By Arden Farhi

Among the White House's go-to talking points in the classified documents saga, now in its third week, is what it claims is the unimpeachable conduct of the president's personal attorneys, led by longtime Biden legal hand, Bob Bauer.

"[The president's] team has been fully cooperative with this legal matter," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre assured reporters Monday.

Bauer's statement Saturday night disclosing the discovery of six more classified "items" at Biden's Wilmington, Del., home also emphasized the hand-in-glove nature of the Biden legal team's dealings with the Justice Department.

"We offered to provide [the FBI] prompt access to his home," Bauer said. "We agreed to cooperate" in not making the search public, he continued.

But little is known about the team of attorneys representing the most powerful person in the world in his personal capacity. Aside from naming Bauer, the White House and Biden's legal team have thus far declined to disclose who else is representing the president. It's also not clear whether it is Mr. Biden who is paying his private attorneys' fees or another entity.

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