“I did not sanitize my explanation …”

March 12, 2024

What I wrote is what I believe the evidence shows, and what I expect jurors would perceive and believe. I did not sanitize my explanation, nor did I disparage the President unfairly.

Special Counsel Robert Hur testifying in a House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Tuesday regarding his decision not to recommend prosecution of United States President Joe Biden, 81, for his handling of classified documents.

Why It Matters: During the more than four-hour hearing, Hur defended his 345-page report released in February following a year-long investigation into President Biden’s handling of classified documents. In Hur’s report, he explained that although his team’s “investigation uncovered evidence that Mr. Biden willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency as a private citizen,” the evidence did not establish “guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”

Hur also wrote that if President Biden went to trial, he “would likely present himself to a jury, as he did during our interview of him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory.” This characterization of the President ignited additional debate over the President’s age and ability to lead.

More Details: During Tuesday’s hearing, Hur faced criticisms from both Democrats and Republicans – with Democrats criticizing Hur’s characterization of President Biden and Republicans expressing frustration over Hur’s decision not recommend prosecution – with Rep. Tom McClintock (R-CA) accusing the Justice Department of a “glaring double standard” (former President Donald Trump currently faces charges for his handling of classified documents).

Read More: Congressional hearing on the Biden classified documents probe turns into a proxy campaign battle (The Associated Press)

Hearing on the Report of Special Counsel Robert K. Hur (House of Representatives Judiciary Committee)

Robert Hur’s Opening Statement

by Leah Grainery, based in Texas