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Biden not expected to be charged in classified document probe: report

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President Biden is likely to be let off the hook and not face criminal charges over his retention of classified material dating back to his time as a US senator from Delaware.

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Special counsel Robert Hur’s team is crafting a report on its monthslong probe, but isn’t expected to charge anyone over the matter, CNN and the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

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The outcome is far from surprising, as the Justice Department has a longstanding policy against indicting a sitting president on the grounds that it would “undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions.”

Hur, a former Trump appointee, was named special counsel by Attorney General Merrick Garland Jan. 12 to investigate the Biden classified document matter.

Almost exactly two months earlier, Garland had tapped Jack Smith as special counsel to investigate former President Donald Trump’s hoarding of national security material at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

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President Biden has been largely mum on the classified document investigation over recent months.
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Smith’s team has since slapped 40 counts against the former president in that case.

Biden sat down for a voluntary interview with Hur on at least two occasions last month, the White House previously confirmed.

As Hur’s investigation into Biden winds down, House Republicans have already begun signaling plans to turn up the heat on the classified document scandal.

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Robert Hur previously served as the US Attorney for the District of Maryland.

Earlier this week, House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer (R-Ky.) subpoenaed ex-White House counsel Dana Remus for information about the matter.

Comer is leading a three-committee impeachment probe against Biden that has largely focused on the first family’s foreign business machinations.

Last month, Comer indicated that his Oversight Committee is looking the document situation and pointed to alleged gaps in the White House’s timeline of events.

Unlike Robert Hur, Special Counsel Jack Smith opted to bring charges in his classified document inquiry.

In January, the White House confirmed that personal attorneys for Biden discovered classified material in his post-presidency office at Washington’s Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement the previous November, days before the midterm elections.

CNN reported at the time that around 10 classified documents, some marked “top secret,” were found and related to the United Kingdom, Ukraine and Iran.

Other classified documents were recovered from Biden’s Wilmington, Del., home — where images from Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop show a beaten up box of “Important Doc’s” and indicate Hunter had access to the family garage where documents were stored not far from where Biden’s 1967 Corvette Stingray was parked.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment from The Post.

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