Washington — Former U.S. Attorney Robert Hur will be Special Counsel to oversee the investigation into the discovery of classified documents in President Biden’s officeand Attorney General Merrick Garland Thursday.
Hur is the second special counsel appointed to oversee the investigation into confidential documents, joining Jack Smith, who was tapped in November to take over the investigation into former President Donald Trump’s handling of sensitive government documents.
“I will conduct the assigned investigation in a fair, impartial and dispassionate manner. I intend to follow the facts quickly and thoroughly, without fear or favor, and I will respect the trust placed in me to perform this service,” Hur said in a statement after Garland’s announcement.
Hur’s appointment came hours after the White House confirmed the discovery of a second set of documents in a garage at Biden’s Delaware residence. Garland said the government first became aware of a preliminary cluster of documents found in an office Biden used after leaving office in early November, and the FBI began assessing potential mishandling of classified information days later. Garland revealed that documents in Mr. Biden’s garage were subsequently discovered on December 20.
Attorney GeneralJohn Lausch, the U.S. Attorney in Chicago, to investigate the handling of documents. He said Lausch advised him last week that the appointment of a special counsel was warranted, prompting him to appoint Hur 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 indisputably based on facts and law,” said Garland. “I am confident that Mr. Hur will perform his duties impartially and diligently and in accordance with the highest traditions of this department.”
Hur served as Maryland’s chief federal attorney from 2018 to 2021, having been appointed to the position by Trump and unanimously confirmed by the Senate. In the release, the Department of Justice noted that he was responsible for “strategically prioritizing and overseeing one of the largest and busiest U.S. Attorneys’ offices in the country.”
According to the Department of Justice, before becoming a U.S. Attorney, Hur was an Assistant Assistant Attorney General from 2017 to 2018 and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Maryland from 2007 to 2014. Previously, he was also the chief adviser to current FBI Director Christopher Wray when Wray was the head of the Justice Department’s criminal division and was a clerk to Chief Justice William Rehnquist.
Hur has extensive legal experience in handling classified information, as the United States Attorney in Maryland has jurisdiction over cases originating from many secret federal agencies, including the National Security Agency.
He is currently a partner at the Washington-based law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, focusing on white collar crime and national security.
In 2021, Asian American Hur wasby Maryland Governor Larry Hogan to lead a working group to combat anti-Asian hate crimes.
Hur received his law degree from Stanford University, where he was editor of the Stanford Law Review, and earned his bachelor’s degree from Harvard University.
Melissa Quinn contributed to this report.