Attorney General Merrick Garland: Special Counsel Report on President Biden’s Classified Docs Going to Congress, White House, Then Public

The investigation by Special Counsel Robert Hur has been completed into whether U.S. President Joe Biden mishandled classified documents. At the same time, he was vice president, said Attorney General Merrick Garland in a letter to Congress Wednesday.

In the letter to House and Senate Judiciary Committee leaders, Garland said Hur had submitted his final report to the president’s lawyer and the White House to allow for comments and review for executive privilege.

Garland said that following the White House review, the report by the special counsel would be sent to Congress. AG Garland said he would make as much of the report public “as possible, consistent with legal requirements and Department policy.”

The White House anticipates that the report’s privilege review will be finished by the end of the week, said Ian Sams, White House spokesperson.

In a report earlier this week in the Washington Post, officials said that although Hur is critical of the president’s handling of classified materials, he and his aides are not expected to bring criminal charges.

The investigation focused on documents related to Joe Biden’s service as vice president to President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017 and from his previous tenure in the United States Senate. The documents were found at Biden’s former office and home.

The president’s leading rival in the November 2024 election, GOP former President Donald Trump, is facing a 40-count federal indictment for keeping highly sensitive national security documents at his Mar-a-Lago home after leaving office in 2021 and allegedly obstructing government efforts to retrieve them.

Washington Post attempted to make a distinction between Biden and Trump doc cases

The Post report attempted to distinguish between the Trump and Biden cases, alleging notable differences.

The report insisted there were substantial differences between the Trump and Biden investigations. It said the number of docs involved in the case against Biden was less than 20, while the Trump investigation involved around 300.

Former President Trump has also been accused of attempting to mislead investigators. At the same time, President Biden was being interviewed by special counsel Hur in October, along with dozens of former and current staffers, according to the newspaper.

Donald Trump and his allies have insisted repeatedly that the application of justice is not fair and that he is being prosecuted unfairly. At the same time, Biden is being allowed to skate through.

“SELECTIVE PROSECUTION!!!!” wrote Trump in November on Truth Social, amidst reports President Biden was unlikely to be charged.

Aides for Biden told the Post the documents ended up unintentionally at his office and home because of “sloppy staff work.”