The US president is on the defensive after new classified documents were discovered at his family home. A special prosecutor has been appointed to conduct the investigation.
US Justice Secretary Merrick Garland has appointed former federal prosecutor Robert Hare to investigate classified documents found in Joe Biden’s former office and private home. The announcement is intended to quell any suspicion of patronage, as Merrick Garland has already appointed a special counsel to investigate classified documents carried by Donald Trump and the former president.
The challenge for Joe Biden, who plans to run again in 2024, will surely be to undermine any parallels between his case and that of his predecessor, who was already a candidate. The White House insists the current Democratic leader is actively cooperating with justice, even as his predecessor is suspected of deliberately concealing part of his archives.
“We’re trying to do this by the book,” his spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre reiterated during a lively briefing on Thursday. A White House adviser, summoned at the last minute to speak on international affairs, was briefed by a journalist, impatient as all the press to get to the bottom of the matter.
The spokeswoman promised that Joe Biden would work with the greatest “transparency,” but he had been contacted several times in the name of judicial independence. “A careful investigation will demonstrate that these documents were not inadvertently misplaced and that the president and his lawyers acted promptly upon discovering this error,” presidential attorney Richard Saber said in a statement.
The White House said Thursday that a “small number of classified documents” related to Joe Biden’s work as vice president (2009-2017) were stored in a garage at his private home in Wilmington, Delaware (East) on Wednesday evening. And in an adjoining room.
On Monday, the US executive acknowledged that a dozen such documents had been discovered in November at the Ben Biden Center, a think tank in Washington that already housed Joe Biden’s office.
“My Corvette is in a locked garage.”
“The research is complete,” said Karine Jean-Pierre. He did not explain why the US executive immediately contacted the documents found in Wilmington, but waited two months and released the documents found at the Ben Biden Center in Washington to the press.
The US president appeared on the defensive in direct questioning on Thursday. “Classified documents next to your Corvette, but what was on your mind?” A journalist from the popular conservative channel Fox News asked him defiantly. “My Corvette is in a locked garage” and “not on the street,” the Democrat replied about his favorite car. before nervously referring to the elements of language in his files.
A 1978 law requires US presidents and vice presidents to turn over their emails, letters and other working documents to the National Archives. Former President Donald Trump is facing federal charges over his records manipulation. He left the White House with full boxes. When asked to return them, he returned fifteen boxes in January 2022.