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House GOP requests transcripts, recordings of Biden interviews with special counsel

Washington — House Republicans are demanding recordings and transcripts of special counsel Robert Hur’s interviews with President Biden after a lengthy report criticized his handling of classified documents.

Hur’s reportreleased last week, did not accuse Mr. Biden of a crime, but said he “deliberately retained and disclosed classified documents after his vice presidency while he was a private citizen.”

In a letter Monday to the Justice Department, the Republican chairmen of the House Oversight, Judiciary and Ways and Means committees requested transcripts, audio and video recordings and any other documents related to Hur’s interviews with Mr. Biden on October 8 and 9. .

They also requested all documents related to the interview with the author of Mr. Biden’s memoir, Mark Zwonitzer, with whom the special prosecutor accused the president of sharing government secrets and documents related to an appeal in 2015 with the Ukrainian Prime Minister.

The committee chairs — Kentucky Rep. James Comer, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and Missouri Rep. Jason Smith — said the documents were relevant to the indictment investigation in Mr. Biden. The committees have tried for months to show that Mr. Biden enriched himself through his family’s foreign business dealings in China and Ukraine and took bribes, but they have so far uncovered no evidence. wrongdoing on the part of the president.

The lawmakers said Mr. Biden’s handling of classified documents was part of their investigation and that Hur’s report would help determine “whether sufficient grounds exist to draft articles of impeachment.”

“Given the seriousness of these matters, the committees are prepared to require the production of these documents if necessary,” the letter said, requesting that the documents be produced to them by February 19.

The Justice Department declined to comment.

The president’s personal lawyer, Bob Bauer, in an interview with “Face the Nation”, also acknowledged – and pointed out that the White House also said – that there were transcripts of the interview with the special adviser and said that “discussions are ongoing – because this is a classified document – about what could or will be published or when.

Catherine Herridge, Robert Legare and Richard Escobedo contributed reporting.

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