Federal investigators looking into President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents are reportedly conducting an expansive investigation.
ABC News reported Tuesday, “The federal investigation into President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents prior to becoming president has grown into a sprawling examination of Obama-era security protocols and internal White House processes, with investigators so far interviewing scores of witnesses, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken.”
It noted prosecutors in the office of Special Counsel Robert Hur, who is overseeing the probe, have been conducting interviews for around nine months which have focused on “an expansive constellation of former aides — from high-level advisers to executive assistants and at least one White House attorney.”
Additionally, ABC reported interviews have occurred as recently as last week. Sources told the network “as many as” 100 people have been interviewed.
BREAKING: The federal probe into Pres. Biden's handling of classified documents prior to becoming president has grown into a sprawling investigation, sources say.
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The probe has reportedly discovered “instances of carelessness from Biden’s vice presidency.”
Investigators are “apparently seeking to understand the minutiae of how [Biden] obtained, consumed, and discarded classified briefing materials” as vice president.
However, the network added sources said it appeared “that the improper removal of classified documents from Biden’s office when he left the White House in 2017 was more likely a mistake than a criminal act.”
ABC News reports the investigation is ongoing and Hur has not made any determinations.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Hur as special counsel to examine Biden’s handling of classified documents in January.
The appointment came days after it was reported a U.S. attorney was reviewing roughly 10 documents from Biden’s time as vice president found at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, D.C.
More documents with classified markings were later found in his home in Delaware.
The president has stressed he is cooperating with investigators. However, he told PBS in February he believed the documents found in his possession were “from 1974 and stray papers.”
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