The shocking conclusion of special counsel Robert Hur's report released on Thursday was that “President Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen.”
Further, the relevant content pertained to “issues of national security and foreign policy implicating sensitive intelligence sources and methods,” and presented “serious risks to national security," as The Federalist reported.
According to Hur's extensive 380-plus-page report, he advised against charging Biden, stating that convicting him would be "difficult to convince a jury" due to his status as "a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory."
Response to the Report
Hur's scathing evaluation of Biden's deteriorating mental condition instigated a media frenzy regarding his suitability for office. In response, the president held a hastily organized press conference on Thursday evening to vehemently condemn the report for including "extraneous" details.
Following Biden's assertion that he had recently spoken with two long-dead foreign leaders, Hur's conclusion that the president's memory was "significantly limited" as early as 2017 ought, in the eyes of many, to prompt the Cabinet and the nation to reassess Biden's suitability for the presidency.
However, the attention directed towards the excerpts concerning Biden's mental ailments has diverted attention from another significant finding in the report: the extensive quantity of top-secret and classified data that Biden had erased, concealed in unsecured areas, and disclosed to his memoir's ghostwriter.
Headlines proclaimed that former President Donald Trump had retained "more than 300 classified documents" after leaving office, in the wake of the FBI's surprise raid on Mar-a-Lago.
Conversely, upon the revelation that Biden's legal representatives had notified the National Archives regarding the identification of classified materials found in a closet at a think tank in Washington, D.C., mainstream media outlets reiterated assertions made by Biden's attorney that “’a small number of documents with classified markings’ were discovered as Biden’s personal attorneys were clearing out the offices of the Penn Biden Center.”
Subsequently, a Biden attorney apprised the FBI of the discovery of several more classified documents at the President's Delaware residence, which incited a search lasting over 12 hours.
After the Search
Following the search, Biden's counsel released a statement confirming that the “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.”
Additionally, “for further view personally handwritten notes from the vice-presidential years,” Biden's personal attorney stated at the time.
However, it is now understood that the "six items" and the "personally handwritten notes" comprised numerous notebooks containing Joe Biden's summaries of classified documents.
A rapid tally from the appendix provided by the special counsel indicates that the government successfully recovered in excess of 300 pages of documents that are classified as top-secret. The contents of the hard drive that the FBI also seized are not specified in the appendix.