Biden was interviewed this weekend in special counsel probe into classified documents

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President Biden will be in New York City, Sept. 19, 2023.

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President Biden at New York City, Sept. 19, 2023.

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The White House spokesperson Ian Sams released a statement saying that the voluntary interview took place at the White House on Sunday and Monday and ended Monday. We would like to refer any other questions at this point to the Justice Department. A spokesperson for Hur declined to comment.

The two-day interview took place during a time when the White House and Biden were focused on the ongoing Israeli crisis.

The investigation was launched after Biden’s attorneys found classified documents at his Delaware residence as well as in an office located in Washington D.C. Material reportedly related to Biden’s time as a senator and vice president. The FBI also searched the Biden vacation home in Rehoboth Del. and found “some materials and notes” which appeared to also date back to the vice president’s time. The DOJ took them for further examination.

This case resulted in over three dozen federal criminal cases against Trump and his associates after boxes of classified materials were uncovered at Mar-a-Lago. Trump and his associates have pleaded not guilty.

What’s different in Trump’s case from Biden’s is that prosecutors allege that Trump was personally involved in packing the documents as he left the White House in 2021, bragged about having the secret material and pushed his attorneys to mislead the FBI about what information he had stored at his home.

Former Vice President Mike Pence was also subject of a brief investigation into his handling of classified documents found in his Indiana home. The investigation was concluded in June and no charges were filed. When the documents were discovered, a lawyer for Pence immediately turned them over to the government. Ryan Lucas, NPR’s Ryan Lucas, contributed to this article.