U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that Robert Hur, a lawyer at a Washington, D.C. firm and former U.S. Attorney for Maryland during the Trump administration, has been appointed as a special counsel to review classified material found in President Joe Biden’s Delaware residence and a Washington office he used. Garland stated that Hur’s appointment will authorize him to investigate whether any person or entity violated the law in connection with this matter.
Moreover, the move was made due to the “extraordinary circumstances” involved and Garland stated that he is confident that Hur will conduct the investigation in an even-handed and urgent manner. Nevertheless, the move came after the White House acknowledged publicly on Thursday that classified Obama administration documents were found in one of Biden’s Delaware homes.
President Biden’s lawyers completed searches for additional classified material
Sauber, a counsel to Biden, said that the president’s lawyers have completed searches of “locations where files from his Vice-Presidential office might have been shipped in the course of the 2017 transition.” Moreover, this statement gives a slightly different account of what happened following the initial discovery of classified material in a locked closet in Biden’s office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington. Sauber stated that the White House Counsel’s Office notified the National Archives on the day of the discovery, November 2, 2022, and the Archives took possession of the materials the following morning.
Moreover, in his statement on Thursday, Sauber said that the Department of Justice was immediately notified and the lawyers arranged for the Department of Justice to take possession of the documents. The U.S. official familiar with the matter said some U.S. government officials outside of the Justice Department and the White House have been briefed on the contents of those classified documents.