Special counsel Robert Hur said in his report that while Biden “willfully retained and disclosed classified materials after his vice presidency when he was a private citizen,” no criminal charges were warranted.
Thursday’s release concludes a yearlong saga after the president’s aides informed the government they had found a small cache of classified documents at his home in Delaware and a former office. Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Hur in January 2023, saying at the time the DOJ was “committed to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters.”
Among the documents Biden held were “papers and artifacts related to significant issues and events in his career,” including ones about U.S. policy in Afghanistan. Biden kept these records because “he always believed history would prove him right” on his opposition to escalating U.S. involvement there, Hur said.
“These materials were proof of the stand Mr. Biden took in what he regarded as among the most important decisions of his vice presidency,” Hur found.
Biden did not reveal any of this classified material in his 2017 memoir, but he did share some of the documents with his ghostwriter, the report noted.