New Details Emerge in Report on Biden’s Classified Documents
In a recent report by Special Counsel Robert Hur, new information has been revealed regarding the classified documents that President Joe Biden kept after leaving office. The 400-page report sheds light on why it has become common for politicians to possess sensitive information after their tenure.
One of the key points of the report is Biden’s practice of sharing private information with a ghostwriter, a trend that has become widespread among high-profile individuals who wish to publish books without actually writing them. The report delves into the reasons behind this practice and its prevalence in today’s society.
The report, which includes an executive summary, 17 chapters, a conclusion, and three appendices, provides detailed insights into the matter. It was announced by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland that Hur would serve as the special counsel in January 2023. Hur, who had previously led the prosecutor’s office in Maryland, joined the Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher law firm in 2021.
Although Hur declined to recommend criminal charges against Biden, the report contains several new revelations. It highlights concerns about Biden’s memory, particularly his difficulty recalling significant events such as his son Beau’s death and the Afghanistan debate. However, Biden strongly objected to these assertions, stating that his memory lapse was not indicative of any wrongdoing on his part.
The report also mentions former President Ronald Reagan’s precedent for keeping classified materials after leaving office. It cites Reagan’s possession of eight years’ worth of handwritten diaries, which contained top-secret information. Despite this, no steps were taken to investigate Reagan for mishandling classified information or retrieve the diaries.
Additionally, the report explores Biden’s interactions with his ghostwriter, including instances where he shared classified information during interviews. It highlights the risks associated with retaining sensitive material in unsecured locations and reading classified information to ghostwriters. However, the report concludes that criminal charges are not the appropriate remedy in this case.
Furthermore, the report discusses the deletion and partial recovery of evidence by the ghostwriter. Although some audio files were deleted, the FBI was able to recover most of them. The ghostwriter preserved incriminating transcripts, demonstrating his lack of intent to impede the investigation.
Finally, the report details the documents found in Biden’s office and home, including their classification levels. Notably, documents related to Afghanistan were discovered in Biden’s Delaware home, in a garage near various miscellaneous items. The report questions whether these documents were intentionally stored in such a manner or if Biden had forgotten about them.
In conclusion, the report provides valuable insights into the issue of politicians possessing classified documents after leaving office. It sheds light on Biden’s practices and offers comparisons to previous cases, ultimately leaving it up to the reader to draw their own conclusions.