President Biden was interviewed by special counsel Robert Hur in the investigation into the president's handling of classified documents. "The voluntary interview was conducted at the White House over two days, Sunday and Monday, and concluded Monday," said Ian Sams, a spokesperson for the White House counsel, NPR reports. The interview occurred during two days when Biden was focused on the ongoing crisis in Israel. The special counsel investigation began after Biden's lawyers found classified documents in multiple areas in his Delaware residence and in an office in Washington, D.C. The material was reportedly tied to his time as senator and as vice president.
The documents were discovered by the president's personal attorneys, who said they notified the National Archives and Records Administration and handed the papers over. The FBI also conducted searches at the Biden family vacation home in Rehoboth, Del., and uncovered "some materials and handwritten notes" that also appeared to date back to his time as vice president. They were taken by the Justice Department for further review. Hur was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland in January — two months after Special Counsel Jack Smith was appointed to investigate a similar matter involving former President Trump. That case resulted in three dozen federal criminal charges against Trump and his associates in Florida after boxes of classified material were uncovered at his Mar-a-Lago residence. In the Trump case, prosecutors allege that Trump was personally involved in packing the documents as he left the White House in 2021, bragged about having the material and pushed his attorneys to mislead the FBI about information he stored at his home.