Biden ‘Willfully Retained and Disclosed’ Classified Info

( – In what is still a significant blow to Joe Biden despite recommending no charges, the US special counsel who investigated the president’s mishandling of classified papers has found that he “willfully retained and disclosed” such US government documents.

US Justice Department Special Counsel Robert Hur disclosed on Thursday his report of nearly 400 pages based on 15 months of investigation.

Hur decided against seeking criminal charges for Biden regarding the latter’s mishandling of classified documents after his tenure as Vice President despite identifying that the president deliberately kept such materials as a private person.

“We conclude that no criminal charges are warranted in this matter,” the prosecutor wrote.

He clarified that this conclusion would stand even without a policy against indicting a sitting president.

The report hints that no charges are recommended due to Biden’s advanced age, the state of his mental sharpness, and his deteriorating memory.

The investigation unearthed that the classified materials in question included documents marked classified about military and foreign policy in Afghanistan, as well as notebooks with Biden’s handwritten notes on national security and foreign policy that involved sensitive intelligence sources and methods.

These items were retrieved from various locations in Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware residence, including his garage, offices, and basement den.

Further, the report mentioned that during interviews, it was evident Biden’s memory was considerably impaired.

Recordings from 2017 between Biden and his ghostwriter, Mark Zwontizer, depicted Biden as significantly slow, struggling to recall events and to read and convey information from his notebooks.

This memory issue was more pronounced in interviews conducted last year, with Biden unable to remember key dates related to his vice presidency and even the date of his son Beau’s death.

“It would be difficult to convince a jury they should convict him, by then a former president who will be at least well into his eighties, of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness,” the report concludes.

The White House expressed satisfaction over the conclusion of the investigation but criticized certain “inaccurate and inappropriate comments” within the report.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Hur for this investigation in January 2023 after classified documents, dating back to Biden’s senate and vice-presidential periods, were discovered at his Delaware residences and the Penn Biden Center.

These documents were initially found by Biden’s personal attorneys in a locked closet while clearing out the think tank, prompting notification to the White House and then to the National Archives and Justice Department.