What we know about special counsel Robert Hur

Attorney General Merrick Garland delivers his statement on Thursday. (Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images)

Attorney General Merrick Garland detailed the timeline of the investigation into President Joe Bidenā€™s potential mishandling of classified documents.

Here’s what he said:

Nov. 4, 2022: The National ArchivesĀ Office of Inspector GeneralĀ contacted a prosecutor at theĀ Department of Justice in the evening.Ā It informed him that the WhiteĀ House had notified the ArchivesĀ that documents bearingĀ classification markings wereĀ identified at the office of theĀ Penn Biden Center for DiplomacyĀ and Global Engagement located inĀ Washington, DC.Ā That office was not authorizedĀ for storage of classifiedĀ documents.Ā The prosecutor was also advisedĀ that those documents had beenĀ secured in an Archives facility.

Nov. 9, 2022: The FBI commenced an assessment consistent with standardĀ protocols to understand whetherĀ classified information had beenĀ mishandled in violation ofĀ federal law.

Nov. 14, 2022: Pursuant toĀ Section 600.2B of the Special Counsel Regulations, Garland assigned US Attorney JohnĀ LauschĀ Jr. to conduct anĀ initial investigation to inform my decision whether to appoint a special counsel.Ā 

“I selected him to conduct theĀ initial investigation because IĀ was confident his experienceĀ would ensure that it would beĀ done professionally andĀ expeditiously,” he said.

Dec. 20, 2022: President Biden’s personal counselĀ informed Mr. Lausch thatĀ additional documents bearingĀ classified markings were identified in the garage of the president’s private residence inĀ Wilmington, Delaware.Ā President Biden’s counsel informed Mr. Lausch that those documents were among otherĀ records from the period of theĀ president’s service as viceĀ president.Ā The FBI went to the location andĀ secured those documents.

Jan. 5, 2023: Lausch briefed Garland on the results of hisĀ initial investigation and advised that furtherĀ investigation by a specialĀ counsel was warranted.

“Based on Mr. Lausch’s initial investigation, I concluded that,Ā under the special counselĀ regulations, it was in the public interest to appoint aĀ special counsel,” Garland said.

In the days since, while Mr. Lausch continued theĀ investigation theĀ department identified Mr. Hur for appointment to special counsel.

This morning, President Biden’sĀ personal counsel called Mr. Lausch andĀ stated that an additional document bearing classificationĀ markings was identified at the president’s personal residenceĀ in Wilmington, Delaware.Ā 

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