Biden says he is fully cooperating with reviewing classified documents

WASHINGTON (NewsNation) – Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that he has appointed a special counsel to oversee the investigation into classified documents found in President Joe Biden’s office and home in Delaware.

Garland has appointed Robert Hur, a former US attorney during the Trump administration, as special counsel.

“Mr. Hur has had a long and distinguished career as a prosecutor,” Garland said of the newly appointed special counsel.

On November 4, the National Archives contacted a Justice Department prosecutor and informed him that the White House had notified the archives of classified documents that Garland said had been discovered in the Penn Biden Center office in Washington DC.

“This office was not authorized to hold classified documents,” Garland said.

On Nov. 9, Garland said the FBI conducted an evaluation to determine if classified information had been mishandled in violation of the law.

Five days later, Garland hired US Attorney John Lausch to conduct an investigation into the Biden documents to help the AG decide whether to appoint a special counsel.

More than a month later, on December 20, Biden’s personal attorney informed Lausch that additional classified documents had been found in the garage of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware.

On January 5, Lausch told Garland that a further investigation by a special counsel was warranted.

At a separate news briefing Thursday, President Joe Biden said he was fully cooperating with the Justice Department’s review.

When asked why some of the classified documents were in his garage, Biden said the documents had not been disclosed.

“My Corvette is in a locked garage, so it’s not like they (secret documents) are sitting out on the street,” Biden said.

The comments come after aides to the president were spotted additional documents with classification marks by the Obama-Biden administration at a second location.

The first documents with classified marks were found in Biden’s former offices in Washington DC on November 2, just before the 2022 midterm elections. Although the documents were found in November, news of the discovery didn’t come until this week.

Richard Sauber, the president’s special adviser, said Thursday that the president’s attorneys found a small number of documents in the garage of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware. A single document was found in a room adjacent to the garage, and no documents were found at the Bidens’ Rehoboth Beach home.

“During the review, attorneys uncovered a small number of additional Obama-Biden administration records with classified markings among personal and political papers. All but one of these documents were found in the storage room in the garage of the President’s residence in Wilmington. A one-page document was discovered among stored materials in an adjacent room. No documents were found at the Rehoboth Beach residence,” Sauber said in a statement.

Administration is “fully cooperating” to ensure records are properly handled, he said.

Earlier this week, the White House confirmed that the Justice Department is reviewing “a small number of documents with classified markings” found in a DC office. Biden’s attorneys discovered the documents in the offices of the Penn Biden Center and then immediately called the National Archives about the discovery, the White House said. Biden retained an office there after leaving the vice presidency in 2017 until just before he launched his Democratic presidential campaign in 2019.

NewsNation reached out to the offices of all living former presidents and asked if they were aware of any remaining documents, but only one responded.

“This intensely thorough process was conducted before he left the White House, when all of his presidential records – classified and unclassified – were turned over to the National Archives,” said Freddy Ford, chief of staff for the George W. Bush office

Biden has said he is “surprised to learn‘ that documents were found, but his lawyers ‘did what they should have done’ when they immediately called the National Archives.

This new discovery has prompted a new round of calls for investigation and investigation.

Home Oversight Chairman Jim Comer sent two letters to the White House after both incidents, asking for all documents that Biden aides had turned over to the National Archives.

“President Biden’s failure to disclose violations to Republicans and the American public raises concerns about inconsistent policies and procedures at the agency that create the appearance of political bias,” Comer wrote in his second letter.

When asked whether former President Donald Trump’s and Biden’s classified documents would be examined equally, House Majority Leader Steve Scalise of Louisiana said, “I think the American people see this double standard, and it raises a lot more questions. You’ve seen a very one-sided series of investigations; It is time we addressed issues that have been ignored for too long.”

The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee has called on US intelligence agencies to conduct a “damage assessment” of potentially classified documents.

The revelation could also complicate the Justice Department’s deliberations on filing charges against Trump, a Republican who is trying to win back the White House in 2024 and has repeatedly claimed the Department’s investigation into his own conduct was “corruption.”

there are significant differences between the situation of Trump and Bidenincluding the gravity of an ongoing grand jury investigation into the Mar-a-Lago matter.

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Brian Ashcraft

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