confidential documents found in the private residence of Joe Biden

The affair of the confidential documents taken away by Joe Biden was gaining momentum on Thursday, with the appointment of a special prosecutor, while the American president claims to have acted “inadvertently”. US Justice Secretary Merrick Garland has appointed Robert Hur as special prosecutor to investigate records uncovered at an office and residence of Joe Biden, an announcement meant to quell any hint of patronage.

Merrick Garland, who had already delegated the investigations concerning Donald Trump to an independent prosecutor, chose for this new mission a former federal prosecutor who has so far dealt with serious crime as well as cases of corruption or fraud. “His appointment reminds the public of the department’s commitment to the independence of the judiciary in particularly sensitive cases, and its commitment to making decisions guided solely by the facts and the law,” the minister said during a brief speech.

Documents in the garage of his residence

Hours earlier, the White House said a “small number of confidential documents” relating to Joe Biden’s work as Vice President (2009-2017) had been found in his private residence in Wilmington, Delaware. . They were stored in the garage and in an adjoining room. Presidential counsel Richard Sauber said in a statement that the president intended to “cooperate” with the special prosecutor.

“We are confident that a careful investigation will show that these documents were inadvertently misplaced and that the President and his attorneys acted promptly upon discovering this error,” he said. On Monday, the White House had already acknowledged that a dozen such documents had been discovered at the Penn Biden Center, a think tank in Washington where Joe Biden once had an office. The predecessor of Joe Biden, and his potential rival in the 2024 election, Donald Trump, has been in the sights of justice for months for his management of his presidential archives.

An echo of Donald Trump

A 1978 law obliges American presidents and vice-presidents to send all their emails, letters and other working documents to the National Archives. Leaving the White House in January 2021, Donald Trump had taken away whole boxes of documents. After being asked to return them, he had returned about fifteen boxes in January 2022. After examination, the federal police had estimated that the former Republican president probably kept others in his luxurious residence in Mar-a-Lago in Florida.

FBI agents conducted a spectacular search there on August 8 on the basis of a warrant for “retention of classified documents” and “obstructing a federal investigation”, and seized around thirty other boxes. An intense legal battle then opened to determine the nature of the documents seized (classified? personal? declassified?) which slowed down the procedure. But Donald Trump remains under threat of federal indictment. After his declaration of presidential candidacy of 2024, Merrick Garland had entrusted to a special prosecutor, Jack Smith, the task of supervising this investigation, as well as the investigations concerning the role of Donald Trump in theassault on the capitolJanuary 6, 2021.

The embarrassment of the Biden administration

The Minister acted quickly to nip in the bud the opposition’s accusations of two-tier justice. The Biden administration “treats President Trump one way and President Biden another”, Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy launched Thursday noon, asking for a “Congressional investigation” into the President. . On the Fox channel, Senator Josh Hawley had asked him for a special prosecutor. “If there’s one for Trump, there’s got to be one for Biden.”

Merrick Garland’s reaction deprives the Republicans of this line of attack. But the case is undoubtedly embarrassing, despite the many differences with the case of Donald Trump, at a time when Joe Biden plans to embark on a new presidential race.

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