President Joe Biden is not expected to face charges in his mishandling of classified documents case.
But special counsel Robert Hur’s report is expected to be highly critical of how Biden and his longtime aides handled the information, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Hur interviewed about 100 people, including the president himself, Hunter Biden, as well as his aides and colleagues.
The documents date back to Biden’s time in the Senate and his time as Barack Obama’s vice president. They were found at the Penn Biden Center, a private think tank that Biden once led, and at his Wilmington, Del., home, in the same garage where Biden keeps his Corvette.
President Joe Biden and Hunter Biden at South Carolina church in August 2022
The discovery came after it was revealed that Donald Trump took classified documents with him when he left the White House and stored them at Mar-a-Lago, his home in Florida. Special counsels have been appointed to investigate Trump and Biden.
Hur and his team interviewed President Biden for two days. They» Push Secretary of State Antony Blinken, national security adviser Jake Sullivan, top Biden aide 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 affair.
Biden cooperated with the investigation from the beginning. The FBI investigated his think tank’s offices and Biden’s homes in Rehoboth Beach, Del., and Wilmington, Del.
On November 2, Biden’s personal lawyer discovered approximately 10 documents with classified markings at the Penn Biden Center, Biden’s private think tank run by the University of Pennsylvania.
The material dated back to the Obama administration. The National Archives and the Ministry of Justice have been informed of the discovery.
But the crisis only gained public attention in January after CBS News reported its existence, drawing criticism from the Biden administration, which promised transparency.
Days later, more classified documents were discovered at Biden’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware. Additional searches turned up more classified documents – about two dozen in total.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was publicly criticized for repeatedly stating that the document search was over, only to then have to reveal that additional searches had turned up additional documents.
The lack of disclosures, inaccuracies and Biden’s irritation when asked about the issue contributed to the perception that the White House had not been forthcoming on the issue.
President Joe Biden should not face charges in classified documents case
Special adviser Robert Hur expected to write report criticizing Biden’s handling of documents
Administration officials countered that the Archives and other federal agencies are immediately notified when documents are found.
The Biden administration has been careful to highlight the differences between the president’s handling of the documents and Trump’s.
The National Archives had repeatedly asked Trump to return official records taken when he left the White House in January 2021, as required by the Presidential Records Act.
After months of obstruction, Trump finally delivered 15 boxes to the National Archives and found classified documents. Suspecting that Trump had not turned over everything, the federal agency turned to the Justice Department, which ultimately obtained a federal warrant to search the property.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken and White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan were questioned by the special prosecutor.
Steve Ricchetti, advisor to the president (left) and former White House chief of staff Ron Klain (right), were interviewed by the special advisor.
After that August raid, it turned out that Trump had hundreds of documents containing classified material in his possession.
Since then, Trump has been accused of improper withholding of classified documents and obstruction of justice by allegedly trying to have surveillance footage removed revealing how certain documents were handled.
The former president has pleaded not guilty.
Former Vice President Mike Pence also revealed last year that classified documents were found in his Indiana home. His attorney immediately notified the federal government and they were turned over to the FBI.