The US attorney general named an independent prosecutor Thursday to investigate President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents, after a furor over secret papers found at his former office exploded with the discovery of a second batch.
Attorney general Merrick Garland said Robert Hur, an appointee of Biden’s predecessor Donald Trump, would be given the title of special counsel and empowered to examine whether the cache violated any law.
“I strongly believe that the normal processes of this department can handle all investigations with integrity,” Garland, who runs the Justice Department, said.
“But under the regulations, the extraordinary circumstances here require the appointment of a special counsel.”
The appointment came hours after the White House acknowledged the second batch of papers but did not address their contents — supercharging a growing scandal over a first batch of documents found at a Washington think tank where Biden had an office.
The disclosures have prompted comparisons to the special counsel investigation of Trump’s hoarding of hundreds of classified materials at his Florida beachfront home and his alleged obstruction of government efforts to get them back.
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