The Department of Justice’s announcement this week that President Joe Biden would face no charges for mishandling classified documents drew renewed attention to the case against former President Donald Trump related to the same issue.
Republicans swiftly criticized the DOJ for choosing to prosecute Trump but not Biden, accusing the department of having double standards.
Special counsel Robert Hur, perhaps in anticipation of this, addressed what he viewed as “material distinctions” between the two cases as part of a lengthy report that detailed his decision not to charge anyone in Biden’s case.
“Unlike the evidence involving Mr. Biden, the allegations set forth in the indictment of Mr. Trump, if proven, would clearly establish not only Mr. Trump’s willfulness but also serious aggravating facts,” Hur wrote.
Hur said that while he would not speak to the merits