Who is Robert Hur, the special counsel overseeing the Biden documents investigation?

Who is Robert Hur, the special counsel overseeing the Biden documents investigation?

Who is Robert Hur, the special counsel overseeing the Biden documents investigation?

Washington – Former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur will serve as special counsel to oversee an investigation related to the discovery of documents with classification marks at President Biden’s home Wilmington House and former private practiceAttorney General Merrick Garland announcement Thursday.

Hur is the second special counsel appointed to oversee an investigation into sensitive documents, joining Jack Smith, who was tapped in November to take over the investigation into former President Donald Trump’s handling of sensitive government documents.

“I will conduct the assigned investigation with fair, impartial and unbiased judgment. I intend to follow the facts promptly and thoroughly, without fear or favor, and will honor the trust placed in me to perform this service,” said Hur in a statement. after Garland’s announcement.

Hur’s appointment came hours after the White House confirmed the discovery of a second set of documents in a garage at Mr Biden’s residence in Delaware. Garland said the government was first made aware of the initial group of documents found in an office Mr. Biden used when he left the vice presidency in early November, and that the FBI had begun an assessment of the potential mishandling of the documents. classified information several days later. Garland revealed that the documents in Mr. Biden’s garage were later discovered on December 20.

The Attorney General originally charged John Lausch, the US attorney in Chicago, to investigate the handling of the documents. He said Lausch informed him last week that the appointment of a special advocate was warranted, which led him to appoint Hur to the position.

“This appointment underscores to the public the department’s commitment to independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters, and to making decisions unquestionably guided only by facts and law,” Garland said. “I am confident that Mr. Hur will discharge his responsibility impartially and with urgency, and in accordance with the highest traditions of this department.”

Hur served as Maryland’s lead federal prosecutor from 2018 to 2021, after being named to the position by Trump and unanimously confirmed by the Senate. In a statement, the Justice Department noted that it was responsible for “setting strategic priorities and overseeing one of the largest and busiest U.S. Attorney’s Offices in the nation.”

Department of Justice hosts farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland Robert Hur delivers remarks at the farewell ceremony for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, May 9, 2019.

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Before becoming a U.S. attorney, Hur served as an associate assistant attorney general from 2017 to 2018 and an associate U.S. attorney in Maryland from 2007 to 2014, according to the Justice Department. Before that, he was also a top aide to current FBI Director Christopher Wray when Wray was head of the Justice Department’s criminal division and clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

Hur has extensive legal experience in handling classified information, as the US Attorney in Maryland has jurisdiction over cases from a number of secret federal agencies, including the National Security Agency.

He is now associated with the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, DC, and focuses on white-collar crime and national security, according to the law firm.

In 2021, Hur, who is an Asian American, was tapped by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to lead a task force to combat anti-Asian hate crimes.

Hur received his law degree from Stanford University, where he was editor of the Stanford Law Review, and received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.

Melissa Quinn contributed to this report.

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