The special counsel interviewed Biden about the classified documents

President Biden met over the past two days with Robert K. Hur, the special counsel investigating how classified documents improperly ended up in Biden’s home and the office he used after leaving the vice presidency, the White House announced Monday.

“The voluntary interview was conducted at the White House over two days, Sunday and Monday, and was completed on Monday,” White House spokesman Ian Sams said in a statement.

The interview took place amid dramatic events in the Middle East, as Hamas militants launched a major attack on Israel and Mr. Biden met with his national security team and consulted with foreign leaders. The timing of the interview was agreed upon several weeks ago, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Wyn Hornbuckle, a spokesman for Mr Hur, declined to comment.

The interview suggests Mr. Hur may be nearing the end of his investigation, which the Justice Department began after Mr. Biden’s lawyers reported finding several classified documents mixed with other papers in a storage closet while packing an office at the Washington think tank, Penn Biden. center for diplomacy and global engagement.

Mr. Biden used the space periodically after he left the vice presidency in 2017 and before he began his presidential campaign. A search of Mr. Biden’s home in Delaware later turned up several more such documents, and in January Attorney General Merrick B. Garland appointed Mr. Hur, a former Trump-era U.S. attorney for Maryland, as a special prosecutor — a prosecutor with a degree of day-to-day autonomy to handle sensitive investigations — to explore things.

The investigation came against the backdrop of another special counsel investigation into former President Donald J. Trump’s handling of classified documents he took to his Florida club and residence, Mar-a-Lago, and his refusal to return all of them even after he receives a summons.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly argued that he has the right to withhold the documents, and the prosecutor in the case, Jack Smith, has charged him with unauthorized retention of national security secrets and obstruction, among other counts.

By contrast, Mr. Biden portrayed himself as surprised to learn that classified documents had been improperly mixed with copies of papers from his previous office, and his team sought to portray itself as cooperative in the investigation.

Mr Hur’s investigation has been relatively quiet. Unlike Mr. Trump’s case, there were no known grand jury fights over claims of executive privilege and other matters that led to numerous revelations about recalcitrant subpoenaed witnesses — friction that increased chatter that in turn helped the public more look at the progress of that investigation.

But it appears that over the past nine months, Mr. Hur has extensively interviewed everyone with insight into how the documents were packed and moved, and how Mr. Biden’s team handled their discovery.

Among the many current and former Biden aides who have spoken with Mr. Hur, according to people familiar with the matter, are Dana Remus, his first White House adviser, and Ron Klein, his first White House chief of staff. They are said to include Jake Sullivan, national security adviser, and Antony J. Blinken, secretary of state; both were national security aides to Mr. Biden when he was vice president.

In his statement, Mr. Sams said little more, referring further questions to the Justice Department, which steadfastly declined to comment on the merits of the investigation.

“As we’ve said from the beginning, the president and the White House are cooperating in this investigation, and as was appropriate, we’ve provided relevant updates publicly, as transparently as we can to protect and preserve the integrity of the investigation,” Mr. Sams said.

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