Introduction to President Biden’s Interview:
President Joe Biden has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Hur as part of an investigation into how he handled classified documents. This investigation is focused on documents that were found at his Delaware home and a private office he used after his time as vice president in the Obama administration.
President Biden has claimed that he was unaware of having these documents and believes there is no wrongdoing on his part.
The interview with President Biden took place at the White House over the course of Sunday and Monday. It happened while the president and his national security team were dealing with a surprise attack on Israel by Hamas militants. Some people criticized Biden for not being more visible during this crisis.
Timing and Negotiation:
It’s unclear when special counsel Hur’s team approached President Biden’s lawyers about the interview or how long they had been negotiating for it. Back in August, when asked if he planned to be interviewed, Biden stated there was no such request or interest.
The interview could indicate that the special counsel investigation is nearing its conclusion.
Comparison to Past Investigation:
In 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey recommended against criminal charges for Hillary Clinton, who was the Democratic presidential nominee at the time, regarding her handling of classified information. This decision came just three days after agents interviewed her at FBI headquarters.
Cooperation from the White House:
The White House has emphasized that they are cooperating with the investigation and have been transparent while maintaining the integrity of the process. Questions about the investigation are being referred to the Justice Department.
Appointment of Special Counsel Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Robert Hur, a former U.S. attorney for Maryland, in January 2023 to handle this sensitive investigation to avoid conflicts of interest.
This investigation into President Biden is one of three recent Justice Department investigations related to the handling of classified documents by prominent political figures. Another investigation is looking into former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents after leaving the White House.
No Wrongdoing Found:
So far, there’s no evidence to suggest that President Biden did anything wrong or deliberately kept classified records he shouldn’t have.
When the documents were discovered, President Biden promptly handed them over to the National Archives and the Justice Department. He expressed full cooperation with the investigation and hopes to resolve it quickly. He believes there is no wrongdoing.
Similar Case with Mike Pence:
In June, the Justice Department informed former Vice President Mike Pence that they wouldn’t pursue criminal charges related to classified documents found at his Indiana home. This happened as Pence was preparing to run for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination.
Discovery of Pence’s Documents:
Around a dozen documents with classified markings were found at Pence’s home in January. This discovery occurred after Pence asked his lawyers to check his vice presidential belongings “just to be safe.” These documents had been mistakenly sent to Pence’s home at the end of the previous administration.
Additional Classified Document:
The FBI later found another document with classified markings at Pence’s Indiana house during their own search in the following month.
Pence’s Handling of Documents:
Former Vice President Mike Pence had claimed he didn’t know about the existence of certain documents but admitted that there were mistakes in how he dealt with classified material.
Past Presidential Interviews:
It’s not unusual for sitting presidents to be interviewed in criminal investigations. In the past, President George W. Bush underwent a 70-minute interview in an investigation related to the leak of a CIA operative’s identity. President Bill Clinton faced over four hours of questioning from independent counsel Kenneth Starr before a federal grand jury in 1998.
In the case of former President Donald Trump, special counsel Robert Mueller’s team tried to negotiate an interview with his lawyers, but Trump never sat for one. Instead, his lawyers provided written answers to questions.
In summary, the article discusses President Biden’s interview, Mike Pence’s handling of documents, and how past presidents have handled similar situations in criminal investigations.
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