Spotlight Shifts to Special Counsel Robert Hur Investigating Biden Document Handling

Fred Lucas reports in the Daily Signal:

The special counsel investigating the classified documents kept by President Joe Biden could face pressure to act after last week’s indictment of former President Donald Trump, according to a government watchdog group.

 

Robert Hur, a former Trump-appointed U.S. attorney in Maryland, was appointed special counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland in January amid revelations that Biden had stored classified information from his time as vice president and in the Senate at his private homes and offices.

 

“There will be pressure on the special counsel Hur to resolve what is going on with Biden’s documents, even if it’s to say Biden cooperated with the investigation, which would be tongue-in-cheek considering how information about the [president’s] possession of documents came out in dribs and drabs,” Paul Kamenar, counsel for the National Legal and Policy Center, a conservative government watchdog group, told The Daily Signal.

And:

“I don’t know what is taking the special counsel [Hur] so long to wrap up,” Kamenar told The Daily Signal. “With Joe Biden, this should be simple, unless there is something else that the public isn’t being told about that Robert Hur is looking into. But even if he concludes Biden did violate the law, you can’t indict a sitting president.”

And:

Kamenar also told The Daily Signal that it’s not clear that the classified documents held at the Penn Biden Center were secure, which could have made them vulnerable to foreign exchange students.

 

“It’s still not clear why the heck Biden waited so long after becoming president to clean out his office at the Penn Biden Center,” he said.

The lack of any news about the Hur investigation may mean that the prosecutor has successfully stopped his staff from leaking to the media. But any real investigation would be visible in some way if it is issuing subpoenas and empaneling a grand jury.

In January, NLPC filed a FOIA request seeking answers to the many questions that Hur should be investigating, including:

Why was this discovery kept secret before the mid-term elections and held for two months?

 

Why are expensive private attorneys moving his personal office?

 

Why did it take almost two years after he occupied the White House in January 2021 to decide to vacate his old office at the Biden Center? Where did his attorneys take all his belongings?

 

Why did it take up to two more months after discovering the classified documents at the Biden Center to complete the searches of his home in Delaware and his vacation home in Rehoboth?

 

How are the documents being handled? Has the FBI checked for fingerprints? Is there an inventory?

 

Why hasn’t the FBI searched the Biden Center and his homes to see if other documents are stored there rather than relying on the search by Biden attorneys who may have tainted evidence?

 

NLPC also filed a FOIA request with the Justice Department seeking documents about the selection and vetting of Special Counsel Robert Hur.

 

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Tags: Joe Biden, Penn Biden Center, Robert Hur