Prosecutor rules out charging Biden in leaked documents case

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Special prosecutor Robert Hur has concluded in a report that President Joe Biden “intentionally” withheld and revealed classified documents. However, he has ruled out filing charges against him due to his advanced age and for collaborating throughout the process.

The 345-page report states, “Our investigation uncovered evidence that President Biden intentionally withheld and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen.” It adds that “no criminal charges are warranted in this matter.” Hur has alluded to the “reasonable doubts” that would exist if Biden were tried because he is an “old man with a bad memory.” He defends that there are “clear” differences between Biden’s case and that of his predecessor, Donald Trump, who was accused of more than thirty charges of negligence in the use of confidential documents.

Hur highlights that Biden consented to the search for the documents in “multiple places”, including his home, and also carried out a voluntary interview. Shortly after, Biden issued a statement in which he highlighted that the investigation has been “exhaustive” and dates back to the 1970s, when he was a senator. He expressed his satisfaction with the conclusion of the investigation and indicated that he had collaborated with Hur’s work.

Hur was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland as an investigator in the case more than a year ago, in January 2023. He is a lawyer at a firm in Washington DC and a former federal prosecutor for Maryland during the Donald Trump Administration. Despite the findings of the report, Biden has not faced any charges and the matter is considered closed.

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