Special counsel appointed after classified documents found at Biden home

 January 13, 2023

A political bombshell erupted earlier this week after it was revealed that classified documents were discovered in President Joe Biden's unsecured office at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.

While the documents were found in November, the White House Counsel's Office turned up yet more material during a search of Biden's two Delaware homes.  

Documents found in the garage

According to Fox News, the second batch of documents was located on Thursday in the garage of Biden's house in Wilmington.

During a sharp exchange with Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy, Biden explained that the material was uncovered in "a locked garage" next to his Corvette.

When Doocy asked, "Mr. President, classified material next to your Corvette – what were you thinking?" Biden responded with, "By the way, my Corvette’s in a locked garage, OK? So it's not like they’re sitting out in the street."

That response stands in sharp contrast with the way Biden excoriated former President Donald Trump during a "60 Minutes" interview this past September for keeping classified documents at his home in Florida.

The apparent hypocrisy did not go unnoticed by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, who brought it up to reporters in a press conference on Thursday.

"He goes on '60 Minutes,' criticizes President Trump even knowing what he has done and he wasn't president at the time," McCarthy pointed out. "Now we find another location that it's at.

The attorney general appoints special counsel

Meanwhile, the Associated Press reported that Attorney General Merrick Garland moved on Thursday to appoint former Maryland United States Attorney Robert K. Hur to serve as special counsel in the case.

"This appointment underscores for the public the department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters, and to making decisions indisputably guided only by the facts and the law," the Associated Press quoted Garland as saying.

Hur issued a statement of his own in which he promised to "conduct the assigned investigation with fair, impartial and dispassionate judgment."

Fox News reported that for his part, former President Trump put out a Truth Social post wondering when the FBI will target his successor for a raid.

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