February 8, 2024

Biden's Classified Documents Probe Concluded, Garland Tells Congress

The Department of Justice notified Congress on Wednesday that Special Counsel Robert Hur has concluded his investigation into President Joe Biden's handling of classified documents while out of office.

Attorney General Merrick Garland wrote to congressional leaders, informing them that Hur had submitted his final report, appendices, and a letter from counsel this week, following engagement with the White House and Biden's personal lawyers for input.

Garland noted that the White House's privilege review, concerning executive privilege consistent with the President's constitutional authority, is ongoing.

Garland expressed his commitment to making as much of the Special Counsel's report public as possible, in accordance with legal requirements and Department policy.

He pledged to provide Congress with the report, appendices, and counsel's letter after the conclusion of the White House's privilege review.

White House spokesman Ian Sams indicated that the privilege review is anticipated to finish by the week's end, potentially allowing Congress and the public to access Hur's findings soon.

Reports suggested that Biden's team had prepared for the report's release, anticipating potential embarrassing details and photos, with expectations of no criminal charges.

Garland appointed Hur, a former U.S. attorney in Maryland, as special counsel in January 2023 to lead the investigation after classified records were found at Biden's office and residences.

Biden's representatives stated cooperation with investigators, with the president asserting there was "no there there."

House Republicans have linked Biden's handling of classified documents to their impeachment inquiry focused on corruption allegations against the president, seeking a deposition from former White House Counsel Dana Remus.

Former President Donald Trump, who may run against Biden in the upcoming election, is under investigation for handling classified documents by special counsel Jack Smith. Trump has pleaded not guilty in this and three other cases.

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