It’s almost ludicrous at this point: US President Joe Biden has been caught stashing classified documents in three separate locations, from an old office he used during his time as the Vice President, to a spot in his Delaware garage, next to his Corvette.
Unsurprisingly, the discoveries led to several calls to action from concerned lawmakers, and the Department of Justice is responding…big time.
Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday appointed former federal prosecutor Robert Hur as special counsel to investigate the discovery of classified government records at the private home and office of President Joe Biden.Advertisement - story continues below
Hur is authorized “to investigate whether any person or entity violated the law in connection with this matter,” Garland said in a public statement he made on the appointment at the Department of Justice.
Hur served as the U.S. Attorney for Maryland from 2018 through 2021, after being nominated for that post by then-President Donald Trump, a Republican.Trending:
Garland’s announcement, which cited “extraordinary circumstances,” came hours after Biden and his lawyer said that a second batch of classified documents recently had been found in a garage in the Democratic president’s private home in Wilmington, Delaware. That discovery was made on Dec. 20.
The White House was in full damage-control mode.
Biden’s press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, on Thursday, said “He was surprised by the discovery of these documents. He did not know what was in them.”
“The minute that his lawyers found those documents, they reached out to the Department of Justice,” she said. “He did not know that those documents were there.”
Jean-Pierre refused to answer whether Biden would agree to an interview with the special counsel or his investigators.
Biden laughably suggested that the he felt the Delaware garage documents were appropriately stored because the area was “locked”.