The special prosecutor Robert Hur has concluded in a report that the president of the United States, Joe Biden, “intentionally” withheld and disclosed classified documents. But he has ruled out filing charges against him due to his advanced age and his collaboration throughout the process. “Our investigation uncovered evidence that President Biden intentionally withheld and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen,” reads the 345-page report, adding that “criminal charges are not warranted in this matter.”
The prosecutor has alluded to the “reasonable doubts” that would exist if Biden were tried because he is an “old man with a bad memory.” “It would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict you of a serious crime that requires a voluntary state of mind,” he adds.
For all this, he defends that there are “clear” differences between the case of Biden and his predecessor, donald trump, accused of more than thirty counts of negligence in the use of confidential documents, found at his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. “The most notable thing is that, after receiving multiple opportunities to return classified documents and avoid prosecution, Trump allegedly did the opposite,” he says, adding that, in contrast, the current president handed over the material to the National Archives and the Department of Justice. .
Hur also highlights that the current president consented to the search for the documents in “multiple places”, including his homes, while he also carried out a voluntary interview, as reported by CNN.
Shortly after, Biden issued a statement in which he highlighted that the investigation has been “exhaustive” and dates back to the 1970s, when he was a senator. “I’m glad to see that they reached the conclusion that I thought they would: that no charges will be filed in this case and that the matter is closed,” he said.
Likewise, he has indicated that he has collaborated with Hur’s work. «I did not put up obstacles and I did not seek delays. In fact, I was so determined to give the special counsel what he needed that I went ahead with five hours of in-person interviews over two days,” he recalled. The attorney general Merrick Garland appointed Hur, a lawyer at a firm in Washington DC and former federal prosecutor for Maryland during the Donald Trump Administration, as an investigator in the case more than a year ago, in January 2023.
Biden has been the subject of investigation since classified documents from the time he was vice president were found at his Delaware home and in a private office a year ago. Barack Obama. The documents were found by Biden’s lawyers in November and December 2022, and immediately delivered to the National Archives, the organization that must safeguard them, after which the Department of Justice opened an investigation.
Former President Trump, Republican candidate for next November’s elections, was also investigated for retaining official documents in his Florida mansion and was charged with 40 charges since he refused to hand them over for months. According to information that has been made public, both investigations are very different: the number of documents in question in the Biden investigation is around 20, while Trump allegedly illegally withheld 300 documents, which had to be recovered by an FBI raid.