President Joe Biden is not expected to face charges in connection with the mishandling of classified documents.
But special counsel Robert Hur’s report is expected to be sharply critical of the way Biden and his longtime aides handled the material, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Hur interviewed about 100 people, including the president himself, Hunter Biden, and his advisers co-workers.
The documents date back to Biden’s time in the Senate and when he was Barack Obama’s vice president. They were found at the Penn Biden Center, a private counseling center Biden once ran, and at his Wilmington, Del., home, in the same garage where Biden keeps his Corvette.
President Joe Biden and Hunter Biden at a church in South Carolina, August 2022
The discovery came after it was revealed that Donald Trump took secret documents with him when he left the White House and kept them at Mar-a-Lago, his home in Florida. Special advisers have been appointed to investigate Trump and Biden.
Hur and his team spent two days talking to President Biden. They also she jabbed at Secretary of State Antony Blinken, national security adviser Jake Sullivan, top Biden adviser Steve Ricchetti and former Biden chief of staff Ron Klain.
Hur was appointed special counsel on January 12, 2023. Jack Smith is the special counsel investigating the Trump case.
Biden cooperated with the investigation from the beginning. The FBI searched the offices of his advisory team and Biden’s homes in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Wilmington, Del.
November 2, Biden’s personal lawyer discovered about 10 classified documents at the Penn Biden Center, Biden’s private think tank run by the University of Pennsylvania.
The material comes from the Obama administration. The National Archives and the Department of Justice were informed of the discovery.
But the crisis only became public knowledge in January, when CBS News reported on their existence, drawing criticism from the Biden administration, which had promised transparency.
Days later, more secret documents were discovered at Biden’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware. Additional searches turned up more secret records – about twenty in total.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was publicly beaten for repeatedly saying that the search for documents was over and that she only had to disclose additional searches that turned up additional documents.
Biden’s lack of disclosures, false statements and testimony when asked about the issue created the impression that the White House had not commented on the matter.
President Joe Biden is not expected to face charges over the classified documents
Special counsel Robert Hur is expected to write a report critical of Biden’s handling of the documents
Administration officials responded that archives and other federal agencies were immediately notified of the documents’ discovery.
The Biden administration has gone to great lengths to point out the differences between the president’s and Trump’s handling of documents.
The National Archives has repeatedly asked Trump to return official documents taken when he left the White House in January 2021, as required by the Presidential Records Act.
After months of blocking, Trump eventually turned over 15 boxes to the National Archives and found the classified materials. Suspecting that Trump had not turned everything over, the federal agency turned to the Justice Department, which ultimately obtained a federal search warrant for the property.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan were questioned by the special counsel
Special Advisor to the President Steve Ricchetti (left) and former White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain (right) were interviewed
After the August raid, it was discovered that Trump had hundreds of classified documents.
Since then, Trump has been accused of improperly withholding secret documents and obstructing justice by allegedly trying to remove surveillance footage that revealed how certain documents were handled.
The former president pleaded not guilty.
Former Vice President Mike Pence also revealed last year that some classified documents were found in his Indiana home. His lawyer immediately notified the federal government, and the case was turned over to the FBI.