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House Republicans are demanding the DOJ share tapes of potentially damning interviews with Biden’s special counsel

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Published February 12, 2024, 6:01 PM ET

WASHINGTON – House Republicans on Monday asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to turn over recordings of President Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur’s investigators and information about records that may relate to his family’s foreign business dealings.

The chairmen of three House committees leading an impeachment inquiry into Biden over alleged corruption warned that they will issue a subpoena if Garland does not comply by February 19 – setting up a high-stakes election year showdown.

Republicans believe the information could aid their investigation into Biden’s role in his family’s business dealings in China and Ukraine, and the Oct. 8-9 interview recordings could also harm Biden by documenting more, which Hur described as “good.” “What was meant by the president’s cognitive decline was an older man with a poor memory.”

“As detailed in Mr. Hur’s report, classified materials found at both President Biden’s residence in Wilmington, Delaware and at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement include documents related to China and Ukraine,” the trio of House leaders wrote to Garland.

“[T]There is concern that President Biden may have withheld confidential documents related to certain countries involved in his family’s foreign business operations,” wrote Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Regulatory Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.), and the tax-focused Ways and Means Chairman Jason Smith (R-Mo.).

House Republicans asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to share documents and tapes from President Biden’s interview with special counsel Robert Hur’s investigators. AP Photo/Andrew Harnik

“In addition, we want to understand whether the White House or President Biden’s personal lawyers imposed any restrictions or scope limitations during the interview that would have precluded examination of evidence (emails, text messages or witness statements) with which the President was in direct contact This is related to “annoying foreign payments.”

The Congressional request requests “all documents and communications, including audio and video recordings, relating to the special counsel’s interview with President Biden” as well as “the documents identified as ‘A9’ and ‘A10’ in Appendix A of Mr. Hur’s report.” “ queried. “Referring to President Biden’s phone call with then-Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk on December 11, 2015.”

Investigation report on Joe Biden’s secret documents

  • Special Counsel Robert Hur found that President Biden “intentionally withheld and disclosed classified material” after leaving office as vice president in 2016.
  • The records kept by Biden included documents on military and foreign policy in Afghanistan as well as other national security and foreign policy issues.
  • Biden kept the secret documents in part to help him write his memoirs. According to the report, Biden told a ghostwriter in a 2017 conversation that he “just found all the secret stuff downstairs.”
  • Despite the findings, Hur recommended in his 388-page report that no charges should be brought against the president.
  • The special counsel noted that Biden would likely present himself to a jury as a “compassionate, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory” if he were to stand trial.

Republicans also demanded “all communications between or among Justice Department officials, including the Office of Special Counsel, the Executive Office of the President,
and President Biden’s personal attorney referring to or relating to Mr. Hur’s report.”

In addition, GOP leaders sought records on Biden’s book ghostwriter Mark Zwonitzer, with whom Biden allegedly shared classified information, according to Hur’s report.

A photo from the special counsel report of boxes of classified documents in Biden’s garage. DOJ Hur did not recommend charges against Biden. DOJ

“Please provide this information as soon as possible, but no later than February 19, 2024, 5:00 p.m. “Given the seriousness of this matter, the committees stand ready to compel the release of this material if necessary,” the panels wrote.

The White House and Justice Department did not immediately respond to The Post’s request for comment on Monday.

Hur’s nearly 400-page report, released Thursday, contained no mention of first son Hunter Biden or first brother James Biden, who regularly included their powerful relative in their foreign business dealings.

Hur described Biden in the interview as “a well-meaning, older man with a poor memory.” REUTERS/Michael A. McCoy/File photo

There is evidence, including photos, emails and witness statements, that Joe Biden, as vice president and in subsequent years, interacted with his partners at two Chinese government-linked business ventures, as well as with their Russian, Mexican, Kazakh and Ukrainian patrons.

The House impeachment inquiry is examining these relationships as well as an alleged cover-up by the Justice Department to protect the Biden family.

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