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Washington Post Report Says Biden Won’t Be Charged in Classified Documents Investigation

President Joe Biden and his aides are under scrutiny for the handling of classified documents in the upcoming special counsel report.

However, despite criticism, no criminal charges are recommended, as reported by The Washington Post.

Special Counsel Report Overview

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The forthcoming report by special counsel Robert Hur focuses on the discovery of classified documents at President Biden’s home and former office.

Hur’s Investigation

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Appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland last year, Hur’s investigation delves into incidents dating from Biden’s tenure as vice president.

Comparison to Trump Case

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Former President Donald Trump, Biden’s potential opponent in the upcoming presidential election, faces charges related to mishandling classified documents.

Trump’s Not Guilty Plea

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Trump pleaded not guilty to charges including unlawfully retaining national defense information, obstructing justice, and making false statements.

Trump’s Indictment

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Trump was indicted by special counsel Jack Smith, accused of endangering national security by retaining top-secret nuclear and defense information.

Sensitive Files Kept at Mar-a-Lago

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The indictment alleges that Trump kept sensitive files unsecured at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida and impeded official efforts to retrieve them.

Contrasts in Investigations

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Significant differences exist between the Biden and Trump investigations.

The Biden case involves fewer than 20 documents, whereas approximately 300 were involved in Trump’s probe.

Additionally, Trump allegedly misled investigators, while Biden cooperated with the special counsel.

Biden’s Cooperation

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President Biden and his aides cooperated with the investigation, with Biden himself being interviewed by special counsel Robert Hur in October.

Dozens of current and former staffers were also interviewed, indicating a level of transparency in the process.

Explanation by Biden Aides

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Aides to President Biden attributed the presence of classified documents at his home and office to “sloppy staff work.”

They contend that the documents unintentionally ended up in these locations, absolving Biden of intentional wrongdoing.

Absence of Criminal Charges

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Despite the criticism leveled at the handling of classified documents, the special counsel’s report does not recommend criminal charges against President Biden or his aides.

The conclusion of the investigation marks a significant development in the ongoing scrutiny over government handling of sensitive information.

Future Legal Proceedings

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In contrast, Donald Trump faces trial in Florida in May over the charges brought against him.

The legal proceedings against Trump underscore the gravity of the allegations and the potential consequences of mishandling classified materials.

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