Feb 15, 2024 - Politics & Policy

Robert Hur set for March 12 testimony to Congress on Biden probe

Robert Hur, wearing a dark blue suit jacket, white shirt and purple tie, stands in front of a blue backdrop and an American flag in the White House press briefing room.

Robert Hur. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

Special counsel Robert Hur will testify to a Republican-led House panel next month on his investigation into President Biden, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: House Republicans are eager to dig in on Hur's findings about Biden's mental acuity and memory.

What we're hearing: Hur will give public testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on March 12, according to a source familiar with the matter.

  • House Republicans have also requested transcripts and any audio or video recordings of Hur's interview with Biden.
  • Hur, a former U.S. attorney, has reached out to former Justice Department colleagues to potentially help prep him for the hearing, Axios' Alex Thompson reported.

Zoom in: While Hur was tapped to investigate Biden's retention of classified documents in the period after his vice president, House Republicans are likely to press him on Biden's age and mental fitness for office.

  • Hur's final report, in which he laid out his reasons for not prosecuting Biden, included details of Biden's alleged memory lapses in the interview.
  • Republicans quickly jumped on those findings as proof of Biden's deteriorating faculties.

The other side: Biden's team has pushed back hard on Hur's report and cast the former Trump appointee as a biased and politically motivated actor.

  • "As Hur mounts his campaign, there will be another story to tell — of Hur and his deputy being two aggressive political prosecutors from the Trump administration who decided to gun for Biden in an election year for their own political futures as Republicans," a person close to Biden told Axios.
  • Biden said in response to the report: "I know what the hell I'm doing. I've been president and I put this country back on its feet. I don't need his recommendation."
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