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FACT SHEET: Robert Hur Clears President Biden of Wrongdoing

Mar 11, 2024

Robert Hur, a Trump-appointed prosecutor and lifelong Republican, was tasked with investigating President Biden’s handling of classified documents. Hur looked back over President Biden’s 40 years of public service and found no evidence of wrongdoing. He went on to say that there are significant differences between President Biden and Trump’s cases:  

  • “We conclude that no criminal charges are warranted in this matter.”
  • [W]e conclude that the evidence does not establish Mr. Biden’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.”
  • “We searched for such additional evidence and found it wanting…In addition to this shortage of evidence, there are other innocent explanations for the documents that we cannot refute.” 
  • “Several material distinctions between Mr. Trump’s case and Mr. Biden’s are clear. Unlike the evidence involving Mr. Biden, the allegations set forth in the indictment of Mr. Trump, if proven, would present serious aggravating facts.”
  • “Most notably, after being given multiple chances to return classified documents and avoid prosecution, Mr. Trump allegedly did the opposite. According to the indictment, he not only refused to return the documents for many months, but he also obstructed justice by enlisting others to destroy evidence and then to lie about it. In contrast, Mr. Biden turned in classified documents to the National Archives and the Department of Justice, consented to the search of multiple locations including his homes, sat for a voluntary interview, and in other ways cooperated with the investigation.”

TLDR: Robert Hur concluded that there was no evidence of wrongdoing by President Biden.