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White House defends handling of Biden documents

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The White House on Tuesday pushed back against criticism of its fragmented disclosure about the discovery of confidential documents at President Joe Biden’s home and former office, saying it still wanted to protect the department’s investigation. May withhold information. justice.

Ian Sams, a spokesman for the White House legal office, told reporters that the presidency is releasing information as it is appropriate. Responding to criticism that information is being released too slowly, Sams stressed that the White House is mindful of the “risk” of releasing material “that has not been completed.”

“While respecting the integrity of the Justice Department’s ongoing investigation, we are trying to be as transparent and informative as possible to the press and to the general public,” he added.

The search for documents at the Biden estate complicates a federal investigation into former President Donald Trump, whom the Justice Department said took thousands of documents marked as classified in early 2021 and months of government calls to return them opposed.

While the cases are very different – Biden, for example, quickly returned the documents after they were exposed – the issue has become a political headache for the president, who has promised more transparency following the Trump administration.

On Saturday, the White House revealed that Biden’s lawyers obtained classified documents and official records on four separate occasions: on November 2 at the Penn Biden Center in Washington; on December 20 in the garage of Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, and on November 11 and 12 in the presidential palace library.

Last week, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Robert Hur, a former federal prosecutor in Maryland, as special prosecutor to oversee the Justice Department’s investigation into the documents.

Among the open questions raised by the White House and Biden’s lawyers: exactly how many documents were found, if the files are missing, what they contain and why the public was not informed until months after the discovery.

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