Special Counsel Robert Hur is poised to release a report on the handling of classified documents and President Joe BIden’s team is reportedly worried about photos that could be included.
The photos in the probe are reportedly disturbing the Biden camp because of potential implications for his 2024 reelection bid.
“Biden aides don’t expect criminal charges in the case, but they believe Hur’s report will include embarrassing details — possibly with photos — on how Biden stored documents,” Axios reported.
The materials were discovered in the garage of Biden’s Delaware home and a private office in late 2022 and included some classified documents from his time as former President Obama’s vice president.
“Biden aides believe that Donald Trump, Biden’s likely foe in November, will try to use Hur’s report to create equivalency with the felony charges Trump faces related to his keeping classified documents after his presidency,” Axios noted.
A former U.S. attorney nominated by Trump in 2017, Hur is done with his report and aides told the outlet they expect it could be released this week. They expect politically damaging ramifications even if no criminal charges unfold.
Former President Trump, whose private Florida home was raided over stored classified documents, has been charged with more than 40 counts, including obstruction of justice and willful retention of national defense information. Biden, meanwhile, has defended storing documents in his garage.
“By the way, my Corvette is in a locked garage, so it’s not like they’re sitting out on the street,” he claimed.
Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Hur as well as the special counsel investigating Hunter Biden, creating an obvious tension with the president.
“Garland’s appointment of Hur added to the tension between Biden’s team and Garland that’s been fueled by Garland’s appointment of the special counsel investigating Hunter Biden, feelings that Garland was too slow to investigate Trump over Jan. 6, and other frustrations,” according to Axios.
“Anthony Coley, a former senior adviser to Garland, caught the Biden team’s attention recently when he wrote that Biden and those in his orbit had no one to blame but themselves for Garland’s appointment of a special counsel,” the outlet added.
“Against the backdrop of former President Trump’s indictment on charges of willful and deliberate retention of classified documents, the Biden team’s drip, drip, drip of information made the discoveries seem even worse,” Coley wrote in an opinion piece published in The Messenger.