House Republicans are demanding that the Justice Department turn over recordings of special counsel Robert Hur’s interview with Joe Biden and are in talks with Hur about testifying before Congress at the end of the month.
The three chairmen of the committee leading Biden’s impeachment inquiry threatened to subpoena the material if the Justice Department does not hand it over within a week after Hur’s explosive report released last week.
They are also in talks with Hur and his team to invite him to testify later this month, a source familiar with the plans confirmed to DailyMail.com.
The report, which summarizes its investigation into Biden’s mishandling of classified documents, contains a multitude of examples of Biden’s “fuzzy” memory, including one point where Biden appeared to forget when his son Beau died.
“Given the seriousness of these matters, the Committees are prepared to compel the production of this material if necessary.”
Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer, along with Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan and Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith, wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland requesting the transcript and any recordings of an interview with Biden that It took place during October 8 and 9, 2023.
Its committees have investigated whether Biden’s handling of classified documents was related to his alleged involvement in his family’s businesses.
They wrote that the Justice Department had declined their requests for documents to “protect the integrity of Special Counsel Hur’s ongoing investigation,” but that investigation has now concluded.
Biden bristled at special counsel Robert Hur’s accusation that the Scranton native did not know when his son Beau died.
Republicans now want to know if Biden ‘preserved confidential documents related to specific countries involving his family’s overseas businesses.’
They added: “We seek to understand whether the White House or President Biden’s personal lawyers imposed limitations or scope restrictions during the interview that would have impeded a line of inquiry into the evidence.”
Comer, Jordan and Smith have now requested transcripts, audio and video recordings and any other documents related to the interview from Biden’s special counsel.
Hur concluded last week that “criminal charges are not warranted in this matter” over Biden’s handling of documents, and Republicans say they now need to see the interview to investigate whether the Justice Department is using a double standard with the mishandling. of secret documents by Biden and Trump.
Hur’s inclusion of language in his report referring to the president as a “well-meaning old man with a bad memory” proved politically explosive and precipitated a furious press conference by the president Thursday night.
Hur insisted that Biden had “diminished powers” and at times “didn’t remember when he was vice president.”
Republicans seized on the material, saying it shows Biden is unfit to lead the country.
The circled box in the foreground contained documents about Afghanistan. The photograph was taken in December 2022 in Biden’s garage, with other household items.
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The push for the investigation indicates that Biden continues to face lingering political challenges following the Hur investigation, even as he announced he would not be charged with any crimes related to his “intentional” withholding of classified documents.
Hur gave Biden’s rival Donald Trump and Republicans plenty to work with, even without additional documents or transcripts.
He said that if Biden were indicted, a jury might be sympathetic since he presents himself as a “well-intentioned old man with a bad memory.”
One particularly damaging passage Hur included read: ‘In his interview with our office, Mr. Biden’s memory was worse. He did not remember when he was vice president, forgetting on the first day of the interview when his term ended (“if it were 2013, when did I stop being vice president?”), and forgetting on the second day of the interview when his term began (“in 2009, “Am I still vice president?”), according to the report.
‘He couldn’t remember, even after several years, when his son Beau died. And his memory seemed hazy as he described the Afghanistan debate that was once so important to him.
Biden exploded on that passage in a defiant news conference where he said his memory is “fine.”
‘There are even references that I don’t remember when my son died. How the hell dare you bring that up? “I don’t need anyone, I don’t need anyone, to remind me when he passed away,” the president told reporters.
“Frankly, when they asked me the question, I thought, it was none of their business.”
When asked about the “old man” language, Biden said, “I mean well and I’m an old man, and I know what the hell I’m doing.” I am the president and I put this country back on its feet. I don’t need his recommendation, it’s totally out of place.’
Biden’s official response from his lawyers, included in the back of the Hur report, criticizes the inclusion of “highly prejudicial” language about his memory and questions why other witnesses got a pass for “confusing” memory lapses. She says she relies on “highly damaging language” to describe memory lapses that are “a common occurrence.”
If he criticizes Hur for even mentioning how Biden could defend himself before a jury, since his report concluded that he should not be indicted.