President Biden’s Meeting with Special Counsel
The White House revealed on Monday that President Biden held a series of meetings over the past two days with Robert K. Hur, the special counsel investigating the presence of classified documents at Mr. Biden’s home and office. The interview, which took place at the White House, lasted for two days and concluded on Monday, according to a statement by White House spokesperson Ian Sams.
The timing of this interview coincided with the ongoing events in the Middle East, including a major attack by Hamas militants on Israel. Despite these significant developments, the interview had been scheduled several weeks in advance, as confirmed by a reliable source.
This meeting potentially indicates that Mr. Hur’s investigation is nearing its conclusion. The Justice Department initiated the investigation after Mr. Biden’s legal team reported the discovery of classified documents mixed with other papers in a storage closet that had been used by Mr. Biden while he transitioned from vice president to presidential candidate.
Appointment of Special Counsel
Subsequently, during a search of documents at Mr. Biden’s residence in Delaware, additional classified documents were found. In response, Attorney General Merrick B. Garland appointed Robert K. Hur, a former U.S. attorney for Maryland during the Trump administration, as a special counsel. This appointment granted Mr. Hur the autonomy to handle sensitive investigations related to this matter.
The investigation unfolded amidst another high-profile special counsel investigation into former President Donald J. Trump’s handling of classified documents. Mr. Trump faced charges of unauthorized retention of national security secrets and obstruction for failing to return the documents after being subpoenaed. In contrast, Mr. Biden’s team has emphasized their full cooperation throughout the investigation.
Mr. Hur’s investigation has been relatively discreet, avoiding public disputes over executive privilege, as seen in Mr. Trump’s case. However, it is evident that Mr. Hur has conducted extensive interviews with individuals involved in the packing, moving, and handling of the discovered documents.
White House spokesperson Ian Sams reiterated the administration’s commitment to cooperation and transparency, stating, “As we have said from the beginning, the president and the White House are cooperating with this investigation, and as it has been appropriate, we have provided relevant updates publicly, being as transparent as we can consistent with protecting and preserving the integrity of the investigation.”
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