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Biden invokes executive privilege to block release of special counsel interviews in classified documents probe

President Joe Biden delivers remarks while meeting with the Joint Chiefs and Combatant Commanders in the Cabinet Room of the White House May 15, 2024 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
President Joe Biden delivers remarks while meeting with the Joint Chiefs and Combatant Commanders in the Cabinet Room of the White House May 15, 2024 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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President Biden has of taped interviews in the classified documents probe that Special Counsel Robert Hur said showed signs of his advanced age — which could amount to political gold for Republicans who want to ding Biden as in a White House rematch.

Attorney General Merrick Garland asked Biden to assert the privilege so to congressional Republicans.

Garland on Thursday denounced the GOP probes as a , and said it would hurt prosecutors’ ability to carry out other criminal investigations.

“We have gone to extraordinary lengths to ensure the [Republican-led congressional] committees get responses to their legitimate requests, but this is not one of them,” Garland told reporters. “This would harm our ability in the future to successfully pursue sensitive investigations.”

Hur released extensive excerpts of his interviews with Biden and several aides in his and Garland has handed over transcripts to Congress.

Former Special Counsel Robert Hur (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Former Special Counsel Robert Hur. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

But Republicans want to use audi tapes of Biden’s answers as evidence that he is in the White House.

White House counsel Ed Siskel notified GOP Rep. James Comer (R-Kentucky) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) of Biden’s decision to block release of the tapes in a Thursday letter.

The GOP-led committees had against Garland unless he handed over the tapes.

“It is the longstanding position of the executive branch held by administrations of both parties that an official who asserts the President’s claim of executive privilege cannot be prosecuted for criminal contempt of Congress,” Justice Department official Carlos Felipe Uriarte wrote to the lawmakers.

Trump’s campaign said the White House is playing politics to protect Biden from embarrassing disclosures.

“[The Biden administration] irretrievably politicized the key constitutional tenet of executive privilege, denying it to their political opponents while aggressively trying to use it to run political cover,” said Steven Cheung, a Trump spokesman.

Hur, a Republican who was appointed by Garland, conducted a meticulous months-long probe of Biden for , some of which were found in Biden’s Wilmington garage and an office he used before returning to the White House.

The former federal prosecutor declined to bring any criminal charges against Biden and stressed the, who deliberately took hundreds of documents when he left the White House and defied efforts to get them back.

But Hur also explosively highlighted what he called Biden’s memory lapses and other signs of the 81-year-old commander-in chief’s-age,

He even claimed that Biden failed to recall the date that his son, Beau, died of cancer, which by transcripts of their hours of interviews.

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