President Joe Biden will likely not see any charges related to allegations that he kept classified documents in a number of locations, including his personal garage. The news comes as former President Donald Trump has been charged with alleged handling of similar documents at his Mar-A-Lago estate.
Several media outlets are reporting that special counsel Robert Hur will not be charging the president for his alleged handling of the documents.
Hur is likely to release a report on his investigation by the end of 2023. The special counsel interviewed dozens of individuals tied to Biden, including two days of interviews with the president in October.
Hur was named to the position by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The investigation included seeking how classified material wound up at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement and Biden’s garage.
Despite the lack of charges from the Justice Department, the House of Representatives is continuing its impeachment inquiry into the president. This included the subpoenaing of a White House official to discuss the document situation.
REMINDER: Biden admitted to illegally hiding classified documents since at least 1974 — but to the surprise of absolutely no one, he won’t be charged.
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According to Rep. James Comer (R-KY), a senior aide to the president had access to the classified documents at the Penn Biden Center almost two years before their existence was publicly disclosed.
Comer and the House Oversight Committee will also seek information from four other White House employees related to the use of the records.
Hur’s move is likely to draw criticism from conservatives. The president’s son Hunter had originally been offered a plea deal for a number of tax and firearms charges that would have likely seen him avoid jail time.
However, following the testimony of IRS whistleblowers, Hunter Biden has been indicted on several federal felony firearms charges.
Furthermore, Biden’s predecessor is facing multiple federal felony charges related to his alleged handling of documents. The FBI launched a high-profile raid of Mar-A-Lago last year.
Trump denies all wrongdoing and has cited Biden’s handling of classified documents.