Senators Question Nine Missing Boxes In Biden Probe

Sens. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) sent a letter on Friday to Special Counsel Robert Hur, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding to know where nine boxes of classified documents under the care of President Joe Biden went, which were unaccounted for in the recent special counsel’s report.

“There appears to be a significant factual omission in Special Counsel Hur’s report on his office’s investigation into President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents,” the letter from the Republican senators began.

“As part of our inquiry, we publicly revealed last year that NARA had retrieved nine boxes of Biden records from the Boston office of Patrick Moore, one of Biden’s personal counsels,” the letter stated. “Oddly, Special Counsel Hur’s report did not mention NARA’s retrieval of the nine boxes from Mr. Moore’s office.”

“This apparent omission is significant given that, according to NARA, the Department of Justice requested that NARA recover the boxes … If the FBI did review the contents of the boxes, it is unclear what was found, to include any classified information, and whether the FBI informed Special Counsel Hur’s office of its findings,” the senators continued.

“It would be extremely troubling if Special Counsel Hur failed to investigate the contents of these nine boxes particularly given that we first publicly revealed the existence of these specific boxes on March 27, 2023—nearly one year ago,” the letter concluded.

Special Counsel Robert Hur published a report last week that explained why his office will not bring charges against Biden for putting potentially sensitive national security documents at risk. The special counsel argued the president is too senile to stand trial for felony indictments and would likely pose a sympathetic figure to a jury.

“Biden would likely present himself to the jury, as he did during our interview with him, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” Hur said in the report. “It would be difficult to convince a jury that they should convict him by — by then a former president well into his eighties — of a serious felony that requires a mental state of willfulness.