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President Biden Faces Intense Scrutiny in Investigation Over Classified Documents

by Jessica
Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden has faced questioning as part of an ongoing investigation concerning the discovery of classified documents at both his private residence and former office, according to statements from the White House.

The 80-year-old Democrat willingly participated in the interview over the course of Sunday and Monday, amid the aftermath of a lethal attack on Israel by the Palestinian militant group Hamas as reported by The VOA on Tuesday, October 10, 2023.

The inquiry, led by Special Counsel Robert Hur, was initiated by the US attorney general in January.

Its focus is on the handling of confidential files dating back to Biden’s tenure as vice president under President Barack Obama and the subsequent period.

Ian Sams, a spokesperson for the White House Counsel’s Office, confirmed Biden’s voluntary participation, stating, “The president has been interviewed as part of the investigation being led by Special Counsel Robert Hur.”

The interviews took place over two days at the White House, concluding on Monday. Sams emphasized the administration’s cooperation with the investigation, directing additional queries to the Justice Department.

Observers noted that Biden’s direct involvement in the interviews indicates the potential conclusion of the investigation.

As Special Counsel Hur’s team had previously conducted extensive interviews with Biden’s staff.

The inquiry revolves around documents discovered in Biden’s possession, removed from the White House during his vice presidency.

Initially found in a private think tank office in Washington in November 2022, more documents surfaced in Biden’s Delaware garage on December 20, next to his Corvette sports car.

Another set of files was later uncovered in his home library on January 12.

Addressing the probe in January, Biden dismissed it, asserting there was “nothing there.”

However, the handling of classified documents has become a significant issue in the lead-up to the 2024 US presidential elections.

Former President Donald Trump, potentially Biden’s Republican opponent, faces a separate trial over alleged mishandling of classified documents post-presidency.

Jack Smith, the special counsel in Trump’s case, claims that Trump took classified documents to his Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida and declined to return them.

Trump, aged 77, pleaded not guilty in June to charges including unlawfully retaining national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and making false statements.

Prosecutors have sought a 2024 trial, among other charges Trump faces, including attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.

Mike Pence, Trump’s vice president, disclosed in January that he also discovered classified documents at his home.

Republicans are drawing parallels between the Trump and Biden document cases, alleging preferential treatment for the current president.

Biden and his family are contending with various legal challenges, contributing to concerns about the Democrat’s approval ratings and his age.

Republicans initiated an impeachment investigation into Hunter Biden’s business dealings with Ukraine and China, alleging benefits to Biden senior without presenting evidence.

Hunter Biden faces an additional special counsel probe into allegations of tax fraud and gun possession.

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