Biden ‘wilfully retained classified materials’, finds special counsel

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US President Joe Biden “wilfully retained and disclosed classified materials”, a special counsel has found, but he will not face charges.

The investigation began more than a year ago after several secret documents were found at Mr Biden’s home and former private office.

The files were immediately returned to US officials when discovered.

“We conclude that the evidence does not establish Mr Biden’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,” the report reads.

“Prosecution of Mr Biden is also unwarranted based on our consideration of the aggravating and mitigating factors,” says justice department Special Counsel Robert Hur.

Mr Hur’s 345-page report was released publicly on Thursday after the White House said it would not request any redactions.

Investigators conducted 173 interviews with 147 witnesses, including President Biden himself.

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