Attorney General Merrick B. Garland announced the appointment of a special counsel to look into President Biden’s handling of classified documents after documents had been found in two locations related to Biden.
The second batch of documents were reportedly discovered on December 20 at Biden’s Wilmington home, locked in his garage.
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland appointed a special counsel on Thursday to look into President Biden’s handling of classified documents from his time in the Obama administration. Follow updates. https://t.co/pLa4ney5FI pic.twitter.com/QO67kCBWZ6
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 12, 2023
More from the New York Times:
Garland on Thursday appointed Robert K. Hur, a veteran prosecutor who worked in the Trump administration, as a special counsel to handle the investigation into how classified documents from President Biden’s time as vice president ended up at his private office and home.
Mr. Hur, who previously served as the U.S. attorney for Maryland during the Trump administration, is responsible for investigating “the possible unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or other records discovered” at the office of Mr. Biden’s think tank in Washington and his residence in Wilmington, Del.
Also from the Times:
In August, President Biden was asked if it was ever appropriate to take classified materials home. He said yes, with caveats. “I have, in my home, a cabined off space that is completely secure,” he told reporters, adding that he often takes home sensitive documents.
When a reporter followed up by asking if he thought it was acceptable to bring top secret material home, he said: “It depends on the document, and it depends on how secure the room is.”
Read more at the Times.
It’s worth nothing that while there are similarities here to Donald Trump’s ongoing issue with classified documents retrieved from his Mar-a-Lago home, there are significant differences as well.
One – as soon as the documents were discovered by Biden’s team, the National Archives were contacted to take them. Trump’s team spent months fighting the National Archives for their return.
Two – Over 100 classified docs were found at Mar-a-Lago, while less than two dozen have been returned (willingly) by Biden’s team.