The White House President Joe Biden has been interviewed for a classified documents probe of the time when he left the White House from the Vice Presidency in 2017. Special Counsel Robert Hur was appointed to the separate investigation after officials found secret documents at Trump’s home. He questioned Mr. Biden for two days at the White House. It is not the first time an American sitting President has been investigated by the officials. A spokesperson of Biden, Ian Sams, said Mr. President was interviewed on Sunday and Monday.
The interview was personally conducted by Mr. Hur himself and was appointed by US Attorney General Merrick Garland to proceed with the investigation. Sams said that the questioning ended on Monday. Mr Sams added that President Biden and his team have been cooperating well with the investigation since the case started and made it more evident by publicly providing all the relevant details. He said that they had been apparent since the beginning, wanted to protect the honor of the investigation, and would refer the remaining questions to the Justice Department.
Secret documents were found after Biden left the Vice-President’s office and before he officially announced to run for White House Presidency. The investigation team found the first batch of the classified papers at Penn Biden Center on 2 November last year. Penn Biden Center is a Think Tank by President Biden in Washington, DC. The investigation team found the second batch at Wilmington Home’s garage on 20 December and then another set in a storage space at the house on 12 January this year.
Mr. Biden Didn’t Clarify Why He Had Those Documents
The investigation team found the classified files at three different places, but Mr. Biden said they immediately handed over all the secret files to the Justice Department and National Archives; however, it is still unclear why Biden kept those confidential papers. Biden previously said that he didn’t know the papers were there. According to the Presidential Records Act, at the end of a Presidential term, all secret documents are supposed to go to the National Archives, where they are kept safely.
Officials have not disclosed what the classified documents were about. Secret documents may relate to any issue ranging from standard to very sensitive. However, sources recently claimed that the first set of classified papers included information about foreign relations, especially with Iran, Ukraine, and the UK, and those papers were from the time when Mr. Biden was Vice President of the United States. Resources also told a news agency that the classified documents were mixed with some other ordinary papers like the details about the President’s son, Beau Biden’s funeral in 2015. There are also details that some secret files were marked as top-secret, meaning the highest classification level.
Mr Biden’s interview was held at the very time when there was a severe crisis in the Middle East, as Hamas attacked Israel, killing more than 900 people and around 2000 injured. Mr. President’s interview has ended, indicating that the investigation may end soon, and Mr. Hur’s team has yet to reveal whether they would bring charges against the White House President.
Trump & 3 Others Faced The Classified Documents Case
Four people who served at the highest level of the United States government and appeared to have mishandled the classified documents are Former President Trump, Hillary Clinton, Mike Pence, and President Biden. Mr Trump has been facing the most severe charges and has been indicted on 37 charges related to confidential files found in his Florida home. His supporters argue that targeting only Trump is the dual standard as three more top US officials faced the exact charges of mishandling the classified files. But there is a difference in all of those cases.
- During the probe, officials found over 325 secret papers from Trump’s property last year, including some marked as top-secret and top-secret designations.
- Classified files were found at Biden’s Delaware home and in Washington.
- A probe was conducted at former Vice President Mike Pence’s property in Indiana, and the officials found secret papers. However, the Justice Department declared that they were not bringing charges against him.
- Hillary Clinton’s case goes back some years. She used her personal email address while working as Secretary of the State from 2009-13 under President Obama. She was accused of sharing the secret stuff with her server at home.
The probe for the classified files usually starts when the National Archives determines that they were missing possession of some classified files from a specific government’s term.