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White House-Justice Dept. tensions high as Hur prepares to testify on Hill

When Robert K. Hur testifies to Congress on Tuesday about his investigation of President Biden's handling of classified documents, he is expected to defend a special counsel process created to shield fraught cases from political interference.

But Hur's testimony will also highlight how Attorney General Merrick Garland's use of special counsels to handle the most politically sensitive cases has calcified tensions between the White House and the Justice Department.

It will be the first time Hur has addressed the public since his special counsel report last month on why he would not seek to charge Biden for his alleged mishandling of classified documents after his vice presidency. He said in the report that a jury might see Biden as "a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory," not a criminal trying to break the law.


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