WASHINGTON — The White House will not seek redactions to special counsel Robert Hur’s report on President Biden’s alleged mishandling of classified documents — clearing the way for its public release.
The report, which is expected to heavily criticize Biden without recommending criminal charges, was expected to be delivered to Congress at some point Thursday.
“We notified the Justice Department at approximately 9:00 this morning that our privilege review has concluded,” said Ian Sams, a spokesman for the White House counsel’s office.
“In keeping with his commitment to cooperation and transparency throughout this investigation, the President declined to assert privilege over any portion of the report,” Sams added.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Hur to investigate Biden’s handling of records last January after sequential admissions of new discoveries by Biden aides and initial non-transparency from the White House.
Biden’s lawyers said they initially found classified documents on Nov. 2, 2022, while clearing out his former office at the University of Pennsylvania’s Penn Biden Center near Capitol Hill.
The discovery six days before the midterm elections was kept quiet until CBS broke the story Jan. 9, 2023.
Biden publicly acknowledged the discovery of classified documents at the Penn Biden Center at a Jan. 10 press conference in Mexico City. In his initial remarks, however, Biden didn’t say that a second cache of classified documents had been found weeks earlier in his Wilmington, Del., garage.
On Jan. 12, the same day Hur was appointed, Biden acknowledged that additional records were found next to his classic Corvette in Wilmington, but denied he was reckless with the nation’s secrets.
“My Corvette is in a locked garage, OK? So it’s not like they’re sitting out on the street,” Biden said at the time.
The White House had said that searches for records were complete, but additional documents were found by Biden’s lawyers. An FBI search found six more items with classification markings.
Hur’s investigation into the 81-year-old president was notably quiet with few leaks to the media — unlike a parallel probe of former President Donald Trump, who is seeking a rematch against Biden in the November election.
Trump, 77, faces 40 criminal charges and a maximum penalty of 450 years in prison for allegedly mishandling records after leaving the White House in 2021. His trial is set to begin on Aug. 14 in Miami.