Biden and Vice President Harris plan series of fundraisers ahead of 2024 announcement
President Biden and Vice President Harris will attend high-profile fundraisers in New York and Philadelphia next week, kicking off a series of fundraising efforts ahead of their planned 2024 announcement.
Biden and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) will host the fundraiser in New York, and Harris will join Biden for the Philadelphia event, a source familiar with the plans told TOU Digital. The source says Biden and Harris will hold larger and more frequent fundraisers in March and April.
Biden has yet to officially announce his candidacy for the 2024 presidential race, but he and senior White House officials have repeatedly said he intends to run. He is unlikely to announce his campaign ahead of the Feb. 7 State of the Union address, according to people familiar with his thinking.
White House staff said the discovery of classified documents inside Biden’s home has not and will not affect the president’s timing on the announcement.
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“The president is delivering on his promise to respect the independence of the Justice Department and separate it from politics. You’ve heard from him directly, including after his program resulted in the best midterms for a Democratic president in 60, that he intends to run,” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said.
Biden is under greater scrutiny than ever after White House lawyers and Justice Department investigators uncovered four stashes of classified documents in his home and think tank. Biden’s attorneys found the first batch in the Washington offices of the Penn Biden Center and two others in the garage of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware. FBI officials later found a third hiding place during an independent search of his Wilmington home.
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Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate the case earlier in January, bringing in former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur.
Former President Donald Trump is also facing a special counsel investigation into his own alleged mishandling of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago. Former Vice President Mike Pence also discovered misplaced classified documents at his home in Carmel, Delaware, although the DOJ has yet to announce an investigation into it.
Both Biden and Pence say they immediately contacted federal authorities to return the documents. Pence also informed Congress of his discovery on Tuesday.