Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki suggested that perhaps an investigation into special counsel Robert Hur was warranted following his report on President Joe Biden’s handling of classified materials.
Psaki, now an MSNBC host, put the question to Biden’s personal attorney Bob Bauer after Hur released his report — in which he concluded that Biden did willfully take and retain classified documents without authorization but should not be charged, adding that significant lapses in memory would likely lead a jury to believe he was simply getting old and forgetful.
The former White House official responded to Bauer’s initial assessment — namely that Hur’s investigation had been too broad and too far-reaching — by asking whether the special counsel should be investigated for over-stepping.
“You know, one of the points that you’ve made and other legal minds have said about this report is that it kind of goes, of course, outside of the scope of norms. It goes — his reporting and who he talked to went outside of what would be normal, even for a special counsel,” she began. “Do you think that should be investigated or looked into? Because the judicial system, the judiciary is kind of not a positive view necessarily by the American public at this point.”
“Well, in the role that I have, all I can do is point it out, which is you had an investigation that ran for 15 months, which could have been concluded in just a few months. There was never any questions the president had not engaged in criminal wrongdoing. He was the self-reporting party here. He had turned the documents over upon discovery, cooperated in every respect,” Bauer asserted — in spite of the report’s conclusion that Biden had, in fact, acted outside the law with regard to the classified documents.
"The special counsel is bound by the norms & policies of the department, like any other prosecutor… He is to comply with those norms and policies. And he didn't."
President Biden's personal attorney Bob Bauer reacts to Hur report pic.twitter.com/xdMAHwMXj3
— Inside with Jen Psaki (@InsideWithPsaki) February 13, 2024
“And yet somehow in this report, the special counsel felt compelled to engage in this irrelevant, unfounded, and often pejorative commentary. And I think it’s clear that that commentary is inconsistent with department norms,” Bauer continued, suggesting that comments about Biden’s memory lapses were designed to be hurtful rather than to provide a reasonable explanation for not moving forward with prosecution.