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FBI Discovered Classified Documents in Trump and Biden’s Home, Both Face Different Investigations 

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In separate search operations, the FBI found documents with classification markings at the residences of Biden and Trump. The circumstances of the findings and the content of the documents continue in their secret status. 

Boxes of classified documents stacked away in a bathroom at Trump’s residence
Source: United States Department of Justice/Wikimedia Commons

However, despite the similar offense, the two cases will likely culminate in different outcomes. Trump is still under indictment, with a possibility of prosecution, while Biden is already off the hook. 

The Scope of Indictments Against Biden and Trump 

According to reports of the FBI search operation, many of the documents in the garage of Biden’s Delaware residence were handwritten. In Trump’s case, stacks of documents with classification markings were found in one of the bathrooms in his Mar-a-Lago mansion. 

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An edited image of Biden drowning amid tall paper stacks
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Different special counsels handled the two cases. Robert Hur handled indictments against Biden, while special counsel Jack Smith is in charge of Trump’s case. 

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How Biden Got Off the Hook

A few weeks ago, Robert Hur submitted a report of his probe into the Biden case. Despite the available evidence, he suggests Biden should not be prosecuted for holding on to classified information. 

Hur testifying before House Judiciary Committee
Source: John Solomon/X

However, special counsel Hur made a statement in the report that has earned him some tongue-lashing from some Democrats and even Biden himself. Hur inferred that Biden’s medical condition and memory loss made him forget he still possessed the documents. 

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Trump’s Unpardonable Offence 

On the contrary, special counsel Jack Smith is hot on Trump’s trail, seeking the prosecution of the former president. According to Smith, Trump not only hoarded classified documents belonging to the government but also frustrated efforts to recover them. 

A drawing of Trump in the Oval Office
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So far, Trump claims to be guiltless in the ongoing indictment. Instead, he is quick to call public attention to the variations in ruling for what he calls quite similar infractions. 

The Court of Public Opinion is Wading In

Some observers of the ongoing debate think that whatever judgment applies to one in the classified document probe should apply to the other. However, we may need to identify the similarities and differences between the two cases. 

A mugshot of Special Counsel Smith
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Prosecutors claimed that Trump made away with several classified documents while evacuating the White House. His attorney denied the claims. However, the FBI found the documents at a Trump mansion. 

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Biden’s Private Residence Search Was Not Recent  

In Biden’s case, the classified documents he is being indicted for were found in 2022. The documents largely revolve around the US’s military engagement in Afghanistan. Biden’s stash also included a jotting, to-do lists, and memos from the Obama administration. 

Law enforcement personnel at a crime scene
Source: Brian Manley/X

There was also a notebook in the Biden stash containing jottings that border national security. In his report, Hur claims that Biden has, on multiple occasions, read aloud from this notebook to his ghostwriter. 

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Nonetheless, special counsel Hur decided against charging Biden for having the classified document. According to Hur, no concrete evidence proves that Biden willfully hoarded the documents. 

Biden sitting thoughtfully in the Oval Office
Source: George Dillard/Medium

Hur further explained that even if prosecutors were to make a case of Biden discussing the classified documents with his ghostwriter, he could still argue himself out of the indictment in a court of law. He also added that the fragile nature of his memory may also be exploited as an excuse. 

The President was Innocently Mistaken    

So, Hur suggests that his decision not to charge Biden is an exercise of objectivity. If the state does insist on pursuing the Biden case, his attorneys will have it easy convincing jurors that his possession of classified documents is an honest mistake. 

President Biden speaking at an event
Source: Eric Haynes/The Growling Wolverine

Unfortunately, Trump has no alibi with as much footing as Biden’s. On the contrary, Trump was not only aware of having classified documents at his private residence but also tried to conceal its existence. 

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Special Counsel Hur Addresses the Public Outcry 

Hur is aware of the controversy surrounding the two cases, particularly his decision not to charge Biden. So, he has publicly pointed out the differences between the two individuals. 

Classified documents were stripped on the floor during a search
Source: US DoJ/Wikimedia Commons

Hur clarifies that Biden cooperated with investigators during the search of his residence. Likewise, the president complied when invited for a voluntary interview. Trump took an opposing stance, flouting multiple opportunities to come clean about the documents at his residence. 

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