Washington — Former U.S. Attorney Robert Gurr will serve as special counsel to oversee the investigation into President Biden’s classified documents Wilmington House and former private officeAttorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday.
Hurr is the second special counsel appointed to oversee the classified documents investigation, joining Jack Smith, who was appointed in November to take over the investigation into former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified government documents.
“I will conduct the appointed investigation with a fair, impartial and unbiased opinion. I intend to follow the facts quickly and carefully, without fear or favor, and I will appreciate the trust placed in me to perform this service,” Goura said in a statement. after Garland’s statement.
Gurr’s appointment came hours after the White House confirmed the discovery of a second set of documents in a garage at Mr. Biden’s Delaware residence. Garland said the government was first aware of the initial set of documents that were found in the office Mr. Biden used after leaving the vice-presidential post in early November, and the FBI began evaluating the possible mishandling of classified information days later. Garland revealed that the documents in Mr. Biden’s garage were later discovered on December 20.
Attorney General the task is initially set John Lausch, the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, to review the processing of the documents. He said Lausch told him last week that the appointment of a special counsel was warranted, which led him to appoint Gurr to the role.
“This appointment underscores to the public the department’s commitment to both independence and accountability in particularly sensitive matters, and to making decisions unquestionably guided only by the facts and the law,” Garland said. “I am confident that Mr. Gurr will discharge his duties with integrity and urgency and in accordance with the highest traditions of this department.”
Hur served as Maryland’s top federal attorney from 2018 to 2021, having been appointed to the post by Trump and unanimously confirmed by the Senate. A Justice Department release noted that he is responsible for “setting strategic priorities and overseeing one of the nation’s largest and busiest U.S. Attorney’s Offices.”
Prior to becoming U.S. attorney, Hur was a deputy deputy attorney general from 2017 to 2018 and an assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland from 2007 to 2014, according to the Department of Justice. Prior to that, he was also the top assistant to current FBI Director Christopher Wray when Wray led the Justice Department’s criminal division.
Hur has extensive legal experience dealing with classified information, as the U.S. Attorney in Maryland has jurisdiction over cases originating from a number of classified federal agencies, including the National Security Agency.
He is now a partner in the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Washington, DC. law firm.
In 2021, Hur, who is Asian American, was knocked Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan will lead a task force to combat anti-Asian hate crimes.
Gur received his law degree from Stanford University, where he was editor of the Stanford Law Review, and his undergraduate degree from Harvard University.
Melissa Quinn contributed to this report.