Thursday, February 22, 2024

Home GOP seeks transcripts, recordings of Biden interviews with particular counsel

Washington — Home Republicans are requesting recordings and transcripts of particular counsel Robert Hur’s interviews with President Biden after a prolonged report criticized his dealing with of categorized paperwork. 

Hur’s report, launched final week, didn’t cost Mr. Biden with a criminal offense, however mentioned he “willfully retained and disclosed categorized supplies after his vice presidency when he was a non-public citizen.” 

In a letter to the Justice Division on Monday, the Republican chairmen of the Home Oversight, Judiciary and Methods and Means Committees requested transcripts, audio and video recordings and every other data associated to Hur’s Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 interviews with Mr. Biden. 

In addition they requested for all supplies associated to the interview with the ghostwriter of Mr. Biden’s memoir, Mark Zwonitzer, with whom the particular counsel accused the president of sharing authorities secrets and techniques and paperwork associated to a 2015 name with Ukraine’s prime minister. 

The committees’ chairmen — Kentucky Rep. James Comer, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and Missouri Rep. Jason Smith — mentioned the supplies are related to the impeachment investigation into Mr. Biden. The committees have been making an attempt to point out for months that Mr. Biden was enriched by his household’s international enterprise dealings in China and Ukraine and accepted bribes, however they’ve to this point uncovered no wrongdoing by the president. 

The lawmakers mentioned Mr. Biden’s dealing with of categorized paperwork is a part of their investigation and Hur’s report would assist in figuring out “whether or not enough grounds exist to draft articles of impeachment.” 

“Given the seriousness of those issues, the committees are ready to compel the manufacturing of this materials if essential,” the letter mentioned, requesting the supplies be proved to them by Feb. 19. 

The Justice Division declined to remark.

The president’s private lawyer, Bob Bauer, in an interview with “Face the Nation” additionally acknowledged — and identified the White Home had additionally mentioned — that there are transcripts of the interview with the particular counsel and mentioned that “there are discussions underway — as a result of it is a categorized doc — about what might or whether or not shall be or when launched.” 

Catherine Herridge, Robert Legare and Richard Escobedo contributed reporting. 

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