Investigators found that the president's mishandling of classified documents endangered national security
US President Joe Biden endangered national security by… “Deliberately” Preserving and disclosing state secrets, the prosecutor concluded. However, charging the president with mishandling of classified documents is not justified, US Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Hoare wrote in a 345-page report released Thursday, partly because jurors would be reluctant to convict a defendant who appears to be a criminal. . “An old man with a weak memory.”
The special counsel's report said:Our investigation uncovered evidence that President Biden intentionally kept and disclosed classified materials after serving as Vice President when he was a private citizen.
Biden welcomed the long-awaited report, saying: “I was pleased to see that they came to the conclusion that I thought they would come to all along, which is that no charges will be filed in this case, and the matter is now closed.”
Republican lawmakers criticized the decision not to prosecute Biden, noting that former President Donald Trump faces 40 felony charges for mishandling classified documents. They added that Hoare's report revealed shocking lapses in Biden's memory, including the fact that he cannot even remember when he was vice president or roughly when his son Beau died.
“Today’s report from Robert Hoare tells us two things: There are double standards of justice in this country, and Joe Biden is not fit for office,” US House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan said in a post on X (formerly Twitter). . Senator J.D. Vance, a Republican from Ohio, had a similar reaction, saying: “Our criminal justice system is a joke.”
Hoare's investigation concerns the discovery of secret documents that Biden kept after his second term as vice president ended in 2017, and stashed them in multiple locations, including two homes and his office at the Penn Biden Research Center in Washington. The documents included secret information about the American occupation of Afghanistan.
Biden's behavior “It represents serious risks to national security, as sensitive information may be lost or given away to America’s adversaries.” Hur wrote in his report. The mishandled documents contained information “Involvement of sensitive intelligence sources and methods.” He added, but on criminal charges “Not a proprietary treatment.” To address security breaches committed by Biden.
Hoare's report included photos showing how Biden's documents were stored, including boxes stacked between a rocking chair and a treadmill in his garage in Delaware. Secret notebooks were found in a filing cabinet under a television in his home office.
One of Biden's lawyers first reported that he was in possession of secret documents in November 2022. Hoare's report showed that about a month after leaving office in 2017, Biden told his ghostwriter in a recorded conversation that he had secret documents. “I just found all this secret stuff in the basement.”
The ghostwriter, Mark Zonitzer, deleted some of his audio recordings of Biden after learning of the special counsel's investigation, Hoare said. However, the prosecutor said Zunitzer would not be charged criminally for obstructing the investigation because he offered to do so “Reasonable and innocent reasons” To delete files.
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