Garland Names Special Counsel to Investigate Classified Documents in Biden’s Possession

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Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday appointed a special counsel to investigate President Joe Biden’s possession of classified information from his years as vice president.

Garland named Robert Hur, a former U.S. attorney for Maryland appointed by President Donald Trump, as special counsel. Hur currently is a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.

White House counsel Richard Sauber first issued a statement Thursday regarding the discovery of another batch of documents i Biden’s possession:

Following the discovery of government documents at the Penn Biden Center in November 2022, and coordinating closely with the Department of Justice, the President’s lawyers have searched the President’s Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, residences—the other locations where files from his Vice-Presidential office might have been shipped in the course of the 2017 transition. The lawyers completed that review last night. During the review, the lawyers discovered among personal and political papers a small number of additional Obama-Biden administration records with classified markings.

Later in the day, Biden took questions from reporters about the controversy, largely repeating what his lawyer had said. 

The president first noted the garage at his Wilmington residence, where some of the classified documents were stored, is kept locked, saying, “That’s where I keep my Corvette.”

“As I said earlier this week, people know that I take classified documents and classified material seriously,” Biden told reporters. “I also said we are cooperating fully and completely with the Justice Department’s review. As part of that process, I’m ordering a review of documents of my time as vice president were stored, and they finished the review last night. They discovered a small number of documents with classified markings in storage areas and file cabinets in my home and personal library.”  

Garland initially named John Lausch, a Trump-appointed U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, to review the matter. Some of the classified documents reportedly pertained to Iran, Ukraine and Britain.

The matter prompted comparisons to an investigation into classified information that former President Trump kept at his private residence in Mar-a-Lago. The FBI raided that Florida estate last year and Garland named a special counsel, Jack Smith, to investigate the matter. 

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House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said “Congress has to investigate,” and noted the first batch of documents discovered Nov. 2 at the Penn Biden Center in Washington were shielded from the public until after the midterm elections Nov. 8. 

“We are finding out now, after being sworn in, that this was discovered before the election-another faux pas by the Biden administration of treating the law differently based upon your political beliefs, treats President Trump one way and treats President Biden another way,” McCarthy said. “That’s why we had to provide a new entity from our Church-style [committee] to look into the weaponization of what is going on, if you want an equal playing of the law to all Americans.” 

A reporter asked whether the Biden documents would be investigated by the newly created House select subcommittee investigating “weaponization” of government agencies. 

“It could go through that committee or others, but I think Congress has to investigate this,” McCarthy responded.

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