According to reports, Special Counsel Robert Hur will not seek charges relating to the mishandling of secret data at two locations connected to President Joe Biden.
Hur and his colleagues are already putting up a full report detailing their year-long investigation. The next report is expected to include harsh appraisals of Biden and his team over their handling of sensitive documents — but no charges are expected to be filed. The report is expected to provide significant details about the special counsel’s investigation’s conclusions.
Members of Hur’s investigating team have informed Justice Department authorities that they want to complete the report before the end of the year. However, it is accepted that this chronology may be subject to changes.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Biden is merely expected to face “harsh criticism,” despite taking the classified documents while vice president (thus lacking ultimate declassification authority) and storing them at unsecured facilities:
The prosecutor investigating why classified documents ended up at President Biden’s home and former office is preparing a report that is expected to be sharply critical of how he and his longtime aides handled the material, but the probe isn’t likely to result in a criminal case, according to people familiar with the matter.
Since his appointment in January, Special Counsel Robert Hur has interviewed roughly 100 of Biden’s aides, colleagues and family members, including his son, Hunter, culminating in a two-day interview with the president last month.
The documents in question date to Biden’s time as vice president during the Obama administration as well as his days in the U.S. Senate. The number of interviews Hur’s team has conducted indicates it cast a wide net in trying to answer questions about how the material was packed and handled and wound up at an office Biden used at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, a Washington-based think tank, and in the garage of his home in Wilmington, Del., alongside his vintage Corvette.
Among those Hur spoke to were Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who was an aide to Biden in the Senate and his national security adviser when he was vice president; current White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan; top White House political aide Steve Ricchetti and Biden’s former chief of staff Ron Klain.
The investigation has focused on who handled the documents and what procedures they followed in doing so, the people said. Hur is expected to release a lengthy report in the next couple of months, potentially before the end of this year.
If Special Counsel Hur lets Joe Biden off the hook for his most egregious classified documents scandal, while Special Counsel Jack Smith throws the book at former President Donald Trump for his less egregious, it will set off a powder keg of legal controversy and a total collapse of trust in the rule of law in America.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump’s own classified documents case is set to be heard in the middle of the 2024 re-election campaign.