AG Ends Biden Classified Documents Investigation With No Charges

While the Department of Justice continues its criminal prosecution of former President Donald Trump for allegedly mishandling classified documents, it is ending a similar investigation into how current President Joe Biden handled such documents.

Only in Biden’s case, there is no indication that criminal charges will be brought.

On Wednesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland sent a letter to leaders in Congress notifying them that the independent investigation about the classified documents that were found in Biden’s home has ended.

The letter didn’t include a copy of the report that was completed by Special Counsel Robert Hur, as a White House legal team is reviewing it to see if any material contained within is subject to executive privilege.

Ian Sams, a spokesperson for the White House, said that the review is expected to be complete this week.

The letter itself didn’t provide many details, nor did it mention that any charges would be brought against Biden.

In the short letter, Garland wrote that the bulk of the report would soon be made available to the public.

In November 2022, classified documents were found by the president’s personal attorneys while they were packing up his office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.

Then, one month later, more classified documents were found in his home in Wilmington, Del.

That led Garland to appoint Hur to the position of special counsel in January 2023, to head the independent investigation into these discoveries.

This appointment came just two months after Jack Smith was selected as the special counsel to oversee the investigation into classified documents found at Trump’s Florida home and office.

It’s long been assumed that Biden wouldn’t face criminal charges as part of the investigation.

Politico reported that Biden sat for interviews with Hur’s team in October, and anonymous sources said the following month that criminal charges weren’t expected to be filed.

In many ways, longstanding legal opinions at the DOJ may have prevented charges from being filed against Biden, since he’s currently in the White House.

Charges could be filed against Trump in a similar investigation, though, since the documents were found at his Mar-a-Lago resort after he left the White House.