published : 2023-09-28

House Intel Chair Raises Biden's Alleged Mishandling of Classified Records in Impeachment Inquiry

President Biden Under Special Counsel Investigation for Improper Retention of Classified Records

House Intel Chair Mike Turner speaking during the first impeachment inquiry hearing against President Joe Biden (taken with Nikon D850)

During the first impeachment inquiry hearing against President Joe Biden, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Turner brought forward allegations of his improper retention and mishandling of classified records from his time as vice president and in the U.S. Senate.

Turner, a Republican from Ohio, unveiled that President Biden was currently under federal criminal investigation for his alleged mishandling of classified records, criticizing him as a 'classified document hoarder.'

Apart from the controversies surrounding Biden's involvement in his son's business dealings, Turner emphasized another concerning aspect of the president's actions as vice president. He stated that there was an ongoing criminal investigation into Biden's misuse of classified documents.

The Department of Justice, under the leadership of the attorney general, had appointed a special prosecutor to investigate potential federal crimes linked to the president's misuse of classified documents.

President Joe Biden delivering remarks to service members, first responders, and their families on the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks (taken with Canon EOS R5)

Special Counsel Robert Hur was assigned in January to probe allegations of Biden's improper retention of records, although the status of the investigation remains unclear at this point.

Turner highlighted the relevance of the classified materials discovered in the president's home, where his son resided during the period under investigation. The Oversight committee had requested information regarding these materials, which could shed light on various aspects, including Hunter Biden's financial ties to entities in Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and China.

While questioning whether these documents contained information about individuals connected to Ukraine, Turner asserted their importance in examining the president's actions.

At the hearing, law professor and Fox News contributor Jonathan Turley agreed that considering 'pre-office conduct' was essential. However, he expressed uncertainty about whether Biden's retention of records could be considered an impeachable offense or not.

Former President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago during his separate special counsel investigation for improper retention of classified records (taken with Sony A7 III)

Turner, in his capacity as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, claimed to have seen several of the documents held by Biden and expressed deep concern about their potential impact on national security. He emphasized the need to uncover the reasons behind the president's possession of these records and his activities related to them.

It is worth noting that former President Trump faced a separate special counsel investigation for his alleged improper retention of classified records at Mar-a-Lago. Special Counsel Jack Smith charged Trump with 37 federal charges, including willful retention of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice, and false statements. However, Trump pleaded not guilty to all counts.

This latest revelation about Biden's alleged mishandling of classified records adds further intensity to the ongoing House impeachment inquiry, as the committee seeks to uncover potential misconduct and abuse of power by the president.