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HomeBreaking NewsKey events in the Biden classified documents probe: Updated timeline

Key events in the Biden classified documents probe: Updated timeline

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In appointing Robert Hur to be special counsel in the Biden classified documents probe, Attorney General Merrick Garland laid out more than previously revealed about the timeline of how the documents came to be at the center of the investigation.

Here is an updated timeline of significant developments:

US Attorney General Merrick Garland names an independent special counsel to probe President Joe Biden’s alleged mishandling of classified documents at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, Jan. 12, 2023.

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Nov. 4: The National Archives inspector general contacted the Justice Department to say the White House notified the National Archives that docs bearing classification markings identified at Penn Biden Center, the private office he used after leaving as vice president.

Nov 9: FBI commenced an assessment to understand whether classified information had been mishandled.

Nov. 14: Garland assigned U.S. Attorney John Lausch to conduct an initial investigation on whether to appoint a special counsel.

Dec. 20: President Joe Biden’s personal counsel informed Lausch that additional documents bearing classification markings were identified in the garage of Wilmington, Delaware home. The FBI went to the location and secured those documents, Garland said.

Jan. 5: U.S. Attorney Lausch advised Garland that further investigation by a special counsel was warranted. In the days since, Lausch continued the investigation and the DOJ identified Robert Hur for appointment as special counsel.

Jan. 9: Reporting breaks that

In appointing Robert Hur to be special counsel in the Biden classified documents probe, Attorney General Merrick Garland laid out more than previously revealed about the timeline of how the documents came to be at the center of the investigation. Here is an updated timeline of significant developments: US Attorney General Merrick Garland names an independent special counsel to probe President Joe Biden's alleged mishandling of classified documents at the US Justice Department in Washington, DC, Jan. 12, 2023. Jan. 5: U.S. Attorney Lausch advised Garland that further investigation by a special counsel was warranted.

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