The ongoing federal investigation into President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents during his tenure as vice president has reportedly expanded, delving beyond the Obama White House and reaching back into his time as a U.S. Senator, according to sources familiar with the matter disclosed to ABC News.
Special counsel Robert Hur’s office has been actively conducting interviews with a wide array of witnesses, including executive assistants, senior advisers, and White House attorneys for nearly nine months. Estimates suggest that up to 100 witnesses have already been interviewed, with some being asked to return for follow-up sessions.
While investigators did identify instances of carelessness during Biden’s vice presidency, sources suggest that the improper removal of classified documents when he departed from office in 2017 was likely a mistake rather than a criminal act, based on witness statements.
Hur has consistently emphasized his commitment to conducting a fair and impartial investigation grounded in facts. As of now, no final determinations have been reached, and the investigation remains ongoing.
In contrast to the media frenzy surrounding previous special counsel investigations, such as those related to former President Donald Trump, Robert Hur has operated with relative discretion since his appointment in January. Despite the high-stakes nature of his inquiry into a sitting president, Hur has managed to avoid extensive media attention.
ABC News sources have disclosed that Hur’s team has gathered documents dating back to the early days of the Obama administration. They are seeking to understand how Vice President Biden was informed about highly sensitive matters during his time in that role.
Witnesses have reported that investigators have sought context on email exchanges dating as far back as 2010. Questions have also been raised regarding the use of cabinets and safes in handling classified materials. Reports indicate that the search for documents has extended to Biden’s time in the Senate.
Investigators have been particularly interested in Biden’s note-taking practices and how he retained documents. This includes inquiries into the physical locations where he stored notes, notecards, briefing materials, and documents. Furthermore, investigators have sought information about whether Biden ever handled classified materials on a personal iPad and cell phone.