The special counsel investigating President Joe Biden’s handling of classified documents has been engaging in negotiations with the president’s lawyers about the terms of a potential interview, according to a report. Attorneys representing both parties are focused on the logistics of the interview and the scope of the questions that would be asked. These negotiations are still ongoing. The investigation into President Biden’s handling of classified documents found on his Delaware property has been ongoing since they were discovered in November of last year.
NBC News reports that President Biden’s legal team is seeking clarification on whether the interview would cover topics beyond his time as vice president, and they hope to limit the scope of the questions being asked. It is still uncertain where and when the interview would take place, or if it would be conducted in person.
A spokesperson for the White House Counsel’s Office stated in February that the White House has been fully transparent about its search for classified documents. However, the spokesperson did not commit to the president sitting down for an interview, but emphasized that President Biden has been fully cooperative.
The White House declined to comment on the negotiations, instead referring questions to the Justice Department. The Independent has reached out to the Justice Department and President Biden’s personal attorney, Bob Bauer, for further information.
This news comes just a week after Special Counsel Jack Smith handed down a superseding indictment against former President Donald Trump regarding his handling of classified documents found at Mar-a-Lago. While these two cases are often compared and cited as examples of a double standard by conservatives, they are not particularly similar. Unlike President Biden, who promptly informed the National Archives after finding classified papers at the Penn Biden Center, former President Trump did not cooperate with the National Archives and even refused to hand over his stash of documents.
According to the superseding indictment, the former president attempted to obstruct FBI and grand jury investigations and hide his continued possession of classified documents.
In conclusion, negotiations are ongoing between President Biden’s legal team and the special counsel about the terms of a potential interview regarding the handling of classified documents. The details of the interview, including the location and format, have yet to be determined.